Leader ‘buying Bournemouth’ has net worth bigger than 2 Prem rivals combined

Bill Foley, the group leader interested in buying AFC Bournemouth, has a bigger net worth than two Premier League rivals combined.

The majority shareholder of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, 77, is understood to be in exclusive talks to buy the south coast side with current owner Max Demin keen to maximise his profits following their return to the top-flight. Demin, 52, has been trying to flog the Cherries for a number of years but the Russian-British businessman wants a minimum of £150million for his prized asset.

The takeover would see Foley claim a 100% stake and could even happen before the six-week break for the World Cup in Qatar.

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And whilst several American businessmen have baulked at the eye-watering fee Demin is demanding, the £150m price-tag would be just a drop in the ocean for Foley, who has an estimated net worth of £1.14bn.

Chairman of Fidelity National Financial, one of the leading insurance companies in the US, Foley's astounding value is worth more than the combined net worth of Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis and Brentford chief Matthew Benham.

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Marinakis has been in charge of the east Midlanders since the start of the 2017/18 campaign, stating his intention was to claim European football at the City Ground within five seasons.

Making his money through shipping company Capital Maritime & Trading Corp, Marinakis was unable to fill his promise but his £550m net worth has been well spent in the summer transfer window with the Greek owner sanctioning 22 new arrivals totalling £150m.

Meanwhile, Brentford chief Benham made his money through sports betting and now possesses an estimated worth of £300m, which is all based on his full-time role as owner of the Bees.

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