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The 2009 British Football Rich List

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The 2009 British Football Rich List

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.

The Manchester City Big Guns

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.

The Ecclestones

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)

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