Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has been displaced from the summit of the British Football Rich List, published on Wednesday by FourFourTwo magazine.
Abramovich has lost £3 bn in the current recession and is now worth £7 bn. That’s less than half the wealth of the new man at the top of the list, Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, who is estimated to be worth £15bn.
The people on the sixth Football Rich List, researched and published annually by FourFourTwo, are worth a total of £61 billion. The list includes 11 billionaires and 25 new entries.
Although some of the new entries are foreign — like Sheikh Mansour and the new No.2 Lakshmi Mittal, who has joined Formula 1 entrepreneurs Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore in investing in QPR — only a third of those on the list are from overseas, with the 64 Brits including three WAGs.
England manager Fabio Capello is also a new entry. The Italian is worth £25 million and is joint 73rd on the list, with a six million pounds a year contract and a 10 million pounds private art collection.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is at number 78 with £22 million while Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is at 92 with £14 million.
The Top 20 on the Football Rich List are:
1 Shekh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nayan (Manchester City) £15bn
2 Lakshmi Mittal & family (QPR) £125bn
3 Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) £7bn
4 Joe Lewis (Tottenham Hotspur) £25bn
5 Bernie & Slavica Ecclestone (QPR) £24bn
6 Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal) £2245bn
7 Alisher Usmanov (Arsenal) £15bn
8 Lord Grantchester & The Moores Family (Everton) £12bn
8 Dermot Desmond (Celtic) £12bn
10 Lord Ashcroft (Watford) £11bn
10 Malcolm Glazer & family (Manchester United) £11bn
12 Simon Keswick (Cheltenham Town) £966m
13 Trevor Hemmings (Preston North End) £900m
14 Mike Ashley (Newcastle United) £800m
15 Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) £750m
16 Tom Hicks (Liverpool) £700m
17 The Walker Family (Blackburn Rovers) £660m
18 Mohammed al-Fayed (Fulham) £650m
19 Sir David Murray (Glasgow Rangers) £600m
20 Steve Morgan (Wolves) £400m
Top 20 Players the Football Rich List are (position in main list in brackets):
1 David Beckham £125m (38 )
2 Michael Owen £40m (56=)
3 Wayne Rooney £35m (61)
4 Rio Ferdinand £28m (69=)
4 Robbie Fowler £28m (69=)
4 Sol Campbell £28m (69=)
7 Ryan Giggs £23m (77)
8 Michael Ballack £20m (80=)
8 Frank Lampard £20m (80=)
10 Steven Gerrard £19m (86)
11 Cristiano Ronaldo £18m (87)
12 John Terry £17m (88 )
13 Didier Drogba £15m (89)
14 Nicolas Anelka £14m (92=)
14 Damien Duff £14m (92=)
16 Dimitar Berbatov £13m (96=)
16 Ashley and Cheryl Cole £13m (96=)
16 Fernando Torres £13m (96=)
19 Emile Heskey £12m (100)
20 Gary Neville £11.75m (101)