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The annual Four Four Two Football Rich List has been published with Queen Park Rangers and eminent Indian industrialist Lakshmi Mittal topping the list, whilst there is some good news for Roy Keane!
Its official, QPR shareholder Lakshmi Mittal is the richest man in British football. The London-based Indian steel magnate who owns a 20 per cent stake in the South West London club has, according to the published list, an estimated worth of – get this – £18.4billion!
The 59-year0old who resides in Kensington, London, is the CEO and founder of ArcelorMittal, while he is also said to be the real powerhouse behind the Loftus Road club, who currently sit in 13th place in the Championship.
Not far behind is Manchetser City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, who has a more ‘modest' personal wealth of £17bn.
Arsenal fans will be glad to hear that shareholders Stan Kroenke (£2.709bn) and Alisher Usmanov (£1.3bn) are fifth and ninth respectively – bringing into question just why the Gunners do not splash the cash on new players!
On the player front, LA Galaxy star David Beckham sets the pace with a fortune of £125million, while Manchester United quartet Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs make up the Top five!
Managerially wise, the powerhouses of management which includes the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Sven Goren Eriksson and new Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti make the list, as does Ipswich Town's under-fire boss Roy Keane.
If only his wealth off the field matched could be transferred to results on the field!
The list is as follows:
The Top 10
1) Lakshmi Mittal – £18.4bn – QPR
2) Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayan – £17bn – Manchester City
3) Roman Abramovich – £7.8bn – Chelsea
4) Joe Lewis – £2.5bn – Tottenham Hotspur
5) Stanley Kroenke – £2.079bn – Arsenal
6) Denis O'Brien – £1.73bn – Celtic
7) Malcolm Glazer and family – £1.5bn – Manchester United
8) Bernie Ecclestone – £1.466bn – QPR
9) Alisher Usmanov – £1.3bn – Arsenal
10) Lord Grantchester and family – £1.2bn – Everton
The Top 10 – Players
1) David Beckham – £125m – LA Galaxy
2) Michael Owen – £38m – Manchester United
3) Wayne Rooney – £37m – Manchester United
4) Rio Ferdinand – £30m – Manchester United
5) Ryan Giggs – £24m – Manchester United
6) Michael Ballack – £22m – Chelsea
7) Frank Lampard – £21m – Chelsea
8) Steven Gerrard – £20m – Liverpool
9) John Terry – £18m – Chelsea
10) Didier Drogba – £16m – Chelsea
The Top 10 – Managers
1) Fabio Capello – £30m – England
2) Roy Keane – £27m – Ipswich
3) Sir Alex Ferguson – £22m Manchester United
4) Carlo Ancelotti – £17m – Chelsea
5) Sven-Goran Eriksson – £15m – Notts County
6) Arsene Wenger – £15m – Arsenal
7) Harry Redknapp – £10m – Tottenham Hotspur
8) Rafael Benitez – £9m – Liverpool
9) Martin O'Neill – £9m – Aston Villa
10) Mark Hughes – £8m – Manchester City
The sheer extraordinary levels of wealth seen in the list reinvigorates the debate whether or not the exorbitant levels of money is ruining the game we love?