On Monday, the brilliant Swiss Ramble on Twitter revealed how much money the owners of each Premier League club have invested in the last five years.
It made for very interesting reading.
At one end of the spectrum, Chelsea have benefitted from Roman Abramovich investing £440 million into the club. Meanwhile, Manchester United have paid the Glazers £89 million in the last five years.
It got us here at GIVEMESPORT thinking: Who are the best and worst owners in the Premier League?
Well, we decided to sit in our ivory tower and rank every owner in the Premier League.
And there’s only one place to start…
20. Mike Ashley (Newcastle United)
With a bit of luck, Newcastle fans won’t have to deal with Ashley for too much longer. While the club have invested this summer, he’s spent the last 13 years refusing to spend while turning Newcastle into a laughing stock.
19. David Gold and David Sullivan (West Ham)
Where do we start? Years of false promises came to a head in 2018 when fans invaded the pitch and crowded the director’s box during a match against Burnley. After controversially selling Grady Diangana this summer and not spending much, the ‘dildo brothers’ are as unpopular as ever.
18. The Glazer family (Manchester United)
Swiss Ramble’s findings were horrifying after it was claimed, in the last 10 years, United have spent an extraordinary £838m on financing. Love United, Hate Glazers as the saying goes…
17. Stan Kroenke (Arsenal)
The hatred towards Kroenke has eased recently, mainly thanks to the appointment of Mikel Arteta. But there was a time that fans were demonstrating outside the stadium to get the American out. Swiss Ramble revealed how Arsenal have received zero funding in the last five years.
16. Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy (Tottenham Hotspur)
They may have financed an incredible new stadium but the decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino and hire Jose Mourinho remains controversial. Spurs fans would also like them to spend a bit more too.
15. Steve Parish, Josh Harris and David Blitzer (Crystal Palace)
Palace have established themselves as Premier League regulars under Steve Parish’s ownership but there’s a fear they’re standing still - or even going backwards - in recent years.
14. Farhad Moshiri (Everton)
A couple of seasons ago, Farhad Moshiri would have been pretty low down in this list. However, after the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti which has led to some impressive signings has lifted him up to 14th. He’s also helped secure a deal for Everton to build an incredible new stadium on Liverpool’s docklands.
13. John W. Henry (Liverpool)
The owners of the Premier League champions down in 13th may seem harsh - especially after he helped fund deals for the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson. In truth, Liverpool’s net spend is extremely low compared to their rivals and they haven't made any major signings for two years. They did bring Jurgen Klopp to the club though so deserve massive credit for that.
12. Guochuan Lai (West Brom)
West Brom have been self-sufficient for many years now and Guochuan Lai hasn’t put any money into the club since he took over in 2016. However, Swiss Ramble did spot a “mysterious £27m dividend payment made to the holding company that year, which is not fully explained in the accounts.”
11. Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Sheffield United)
The Saudi has helped Sheffield United gain promotion into the Premier League and has trusted Chris Wilder to spend a decent amount of money.
10. Gao Jisheng (Southampton)
The decision not to sack Ralph Hasenhuttl after Southampton lost 9-0 to Leicester last season turned out to be an inspired one. Gao Jisheng deserves a lot of credit for that as Southampton look set to challenge for a top-half finish this season.
9. Andrea Radrizzani (Leeds)
Being able to convince Marcelo Bielsa to take over at Leeds in the Championship deserves an enormous amount of credit. So does getting the club back to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years. They’re now willing to spend to ensure Leeds establish themselves in the top-flight this season.
8. Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz (Burnley)
The pair have stuck with Sean Dyche and have been rewarded with Burnley becoming a mid-table Premier League club. They even had a short spell in Europe.
7 Shahid Khan (Fulham)
Swiss Ramble explained how “owner Shahid Khan provided £186m of loans in the last five years, though he converted all his £212m debt into equity, so the club was debt-free in June 2019. An incredible £424m of debt has now been ‘written-off’ in this way (including £212m from former owner Mohamed Al Fayed).” They also took the smart move to hire Scott Parker. After heavy investment the last time they were in the Premier League, they’ve held back in terms of requirement this summer.
6. The Srivaddhanaprabha family (Leicester City)
The tragic death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has seen Aiyawatt take control of the business. After being promoted to the Premier League in 2014, they promised to invest enough hem a top-five team within three years. Two years later, they were Premier League champions. Hiring Brendan Rodgers was a masterstroke too.
5. Roman Abramovich (Chelsea)
Roman Abramovich has certainly invested heavily every summer since he took over Chelsea - none more so than this summer. He’s previously been accused of being too trigger happy when it comes to firing managers, while his reputation was damaged during Maurizio Sarri’s reign. But the appointment of Frank Lampard and this summer’s spending will have gone down well with Chelsea fans.
4. Tony Bloom (Brighton and Hove Albion)
The local-born poker player didn’t make himself a fan favourite by sacking Chris Hughton but the appointment of Graham Potter appears to be a solid one. Brighton play some excellent football and shouldn’t be embroiled in a relegation battle this season.
3. Nassef Sawiri and Wes Edens (Aston Villa)
Neither should Aston Villa considering their heavy spending. The richest Egyptian in the world, Nassef Sawiri, saved the club a few years ago and has funded moves for Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins this summer.
2. Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Manchester City)
It’s easy to accuse Manchester City and their owners of buying the Premier League and spending a ridiculous amount of money since they took over in 2008. But they’ve done more than that. They’ve invested in the entire club and community, building a whole new academy and training ground. They slowly enhanced the club's worldwide brand and are just missing the Champions League.
1. Guo Guangchang (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Fosun International, led by Guo Guangchang, have helped Wolves go from the Championship to the Europa League quarter-finals. With the help of super-agent Jorge Mendes, they’ve made some incredible signings and will be looking in the top-four this season.
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