Richest sports club owners put in the hard work to earn their fortunes

Roman Abramovich kickstarted the influx of billionaire owners into Premier League football – and the wealth of the richest sports club owners comes from a variety of sources.

From energy drinks and selling car parts to real estate and technological advances, some of the best minds in business have used their wealth to satisfy their love of sport.

While Newcastle are set to become one of the richest clubs in the world thanks to the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, there are many sides who are led by a single figure.

With Arsenal, Chelsea and Fulham among those to have billionaire owners in English football, we have taken a look at six of the most wealthy individuals and how they made their cash.

Mukesh Ambani – Mumbai Indians

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Chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, which owns Indian Premier League juggernauts Mumbai Indians, Mukesh Ambani is the 11th richest person on the planet with £62billion.

Forbes say that his net worth has increased 130% in the last year, pushing him right to the top of the list.

Born in 1957, Ambani later received a BE degree in chemical engineering, before helping his father Dhirubhai Ambani run their family business which includes retail and telecommunications industries.

Steve Ballmer – Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014.

The American businessman is estimated to be the 9th richest person in the world by Bloomberg Billionaires Index with an estimated net worth of over £90billion.

Initially joining Bill Gates' Microsoft as their 30th employee, he gained ownership of 8 percent of the company before it was reduced to 4 percent in 2004. As of this month, the company is valued at over $2trillion.

Dietrich Mateschitz – RB Leipzig & more

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz is worth £20billion, owning 49% of the company.

His net worth was estimate to stand at around £23billion last year, making him the 40th wealthiest person in the world according to Forbes.

In 2005 he purchased Austrian football club SV Austria Salzburg and in 2006 American club MetroStar, renaming them Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls.

In 2007, Red Bull founded Red Bull Brazil, in 2008 Red Bull Ghana and bought the rights of SSV Markranstadt in 2009 to found RB Leipzig. He also owns ice hockey side Red Bull Munchen.

Roman Abramovich – Chelsea

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Abramovich is the largest shareholder of Evraz, the second-biggest steelmaker in Russia, and also has stakes in the world's largest producer of refined nickel.

He is said to have built his fortune dividends and sales of privatised assets which were acquired from the former Soviet Union.

Since he took over, Chelsea have won five Premier League titles and the Champions League twice, with his investment said to be over a billion, and his net worth sitting at around £17billion.

Stan Kroenke – Denver Nuggets, Arsenal & more

Stan Kroenke is the Chairman and CEO of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, who own Denver Nuggets, Arsenal F.C, Arsenal W.F.C, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Mammoth and E-Sports teams Los Angeles Gladiators and Los Angeles Guerrillas.

The 74-year-old founded the Kroenke Group in 1983, which was a real estate development firm that specialised in shopping centres and apartments.

He was forced to deny reports that he would be selling Arsenal following their failed European Super League entry earlier this year.

Shahid Khan – Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Shahid Khan is now one of the richest sports team owners on the planet thanks to the success of the automotive manufacturing company Flex-N-Gate Corporation.

The 71-year-old has ventured into sport with both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C, and is the richest person in the world of Pakistani origin.

Flex-N-Gate specialise in making car parts and body shop repairs, and were ranked as the 46th largest privately-held American company by Forbes last year with a revenue of almost £8billion.

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