The relative wealth of football club owners up and down the country has never been a hotter topic than right now, especially given possible developments at Carrow Road regarding Milwaukee Brewers’ head honcho Mark Attanasio and his colleagues from across the pond.
Guest blogger Alex Bain has taken it upon himself to detail exactly how Delia and Michael stand up against their counterparts in the EFL Championship next season, so without further ado, let’s hear from the man himself.
We are back where I believe our owners feel comfortable, so will we see a collapse like Sunderland and spend a few years playing derby games in League One? I truly hope that the self-appointed guardians of our club see sense and do end up getting in some investment.
I think what many supporters seem to want is to put the club up for sale and see what offers come in, although that in itself comes loaded with risk.
In terms of other owners in the Championship, this is what I have discovered and some MFW readers might care to look away now as, under the current terms, we are among the very poorest on the block.
Birmingham City had a tough season but City loanee Onel Hernández made a good impression and it’s rumoured that they would like him permanently. Owners are a Chinese sports investment group worth £450 million.
Blackburn Rovers had a really mixed season but a poor run after Christmas and lack of investment in the team killed off any promotion hopes. Owners are the much-derided Venky’s who are, nonetheless, worth £680 million.
Blackpool, my local team, have started to improve under new owner Simon Sadler. No personal net worth is available but he owns Segantii Capital Management, which is investing mainly in the Asian-Pacific Equity fund.
Bristol City have Timm Klose in their ranks so he should enjoy a Carrow Road homecoming. Another club with the potential to do better, Owner is Stephen Lansdown of Hargreaves Lansdown, worth a cool £2.5 billion.
Burnley were also relegated, Sold last year by Mike Garlick to American Investment Group ALK Capita. Currently, no declared net worth but a £65 million loan has to be repaid in full or the club could go into receivership.
Cardiff City are another club twho had a very up and down season, City loanee Jordan Hugill did well since his January loan after a bad spell at WBA. Club owner is Vincent Tan with a net worth of £750 million.
Coventry City remain a club with no permanent home but are still exploring the possibility of building a new stadium on the University of Warwick campus. Ironic for a club that built the first UK all-seater stadium in the late 60s. Owners Joy Seppala is worth £1.6 billion.
Huddersfield recently lost in the playoff final and have recently returned to the ownership of Dean Hoyle, who has a net wealth of some £285 million.
Hull City have recently been taken over by the “Simon Cowell of Turkish TV”. They had a very hit-and-miss season and a few clubs are hovering around for a couple of promising players. Owner Acun Illicali is worth less than Cowell at £100 million.
Luton Town have had a very successful season, narrowly missing out in the playoffs to Huddersfield. Supporter owned since 2020. Paul Ballantyne owns 82% of the shares but, understandably, his net worth is not declared.
Middlesbrough failed at the final hurdle and missed out on the playoff places although Chris Wilder turned a struggling season into a nearly successful one. Owner, Ben Gibson’s uncle Steve Gibson is worth £265 million.
Millwall seem a perennial Championship club that has its struggles yet on occasions shows ambition and tries for promotion. Owner is American John Berylson, valued at £175 million.
Preston North End sadly lost their owner during this season but his son has taken control after an attempt to buy the club by the American who, it appears, is buying Derby County. Owners the Hemmings family are worth £1.5 billion.
Queens Park Rangers – since their last visit to the Premier League their owners have come and gone. All have been extremely rich but no change in fortune. Current owners Tony Fernandes and Lakshmi Mittal are worth £15.75billion.
Reading had a very tough season fighting the drop until the final couple of weeks. This could be another difficult season with a few of their experienced players out of contract. Owners Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li are worth £950 million.
RotherhamUnited were promoted in second place from League One and they are a bit of a yo-yo club between the Championship and League One. Owner Tony Stewart is worth some £180 million.
Sheffield United lost in the play-off semis to Nottingham Forest, but have a good strong squad and will be looking to improve on a play-off place next season under Paul Heckingbottom. Owner, Saudi Prince Abdullah, is worth £200 million.
Stoke City have seen Mario Vrancic agree a further year’s deal, so another Carrow Road homecoming. The Potters, who flattered to deceive most of the season, are owned by the Coates Family who are behind Bet365. Net worth is £9.5 billion [and that’s not a typo].
Sunderland, under our old mucker Alex Neil, are back in the Championship after winning the Wembley play-off final against Wycombe, thus ending four years in League One. Owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is worth north of £3.5 billion.
Swansea City survived comfortably in the end, and are managed by our very own Russell Martin. Their ownership is an investment group run by Steven Kaplan and Jason Levien. Net wealth is not disclosed in this case I’m afraid.
Watford are another club that just got relegated. They are owned by Gino Pozzo and his family and are known as the Sports Investment Group. Current worth is £120 million.
West Bromwich Albion showed much promise at the start of the season but crashed over Christmas, so are now managed by Steve Bruce. Owners Guochuan Lai are worth £2.5 billion.
Wigan Athletic won the LeagueOne title and had a long period in the Premier League under previous owner Dave Whelan. The owners are Phoenix 2021, valued at £210 million.
Norwich City, as it stands today, remains under the ownership of joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones. Their joint worth? An estimated £25 million.
A quick note from sub-editor Martin P: Thanks to Alex for his endeavour in researching ownership values, which are obviously not set in tablets of stone as investments can rise and fall and all that kind of stuff.
But they make awesome reading in a chilling kind of way.
The potential of a shares deal with Milwaukee Brewers baseball chief Mark Attanasio remains in the mid-Atlantic air for the immediate future but to my mind, we cannot get him on board quickly enough.
Here’s a fine live version of what many of our readers will be listening to for the umpteenth time: