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Mittal moves up football’s rich list

sports Updated: Jan 08, 2009 00:52 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
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Roman Abramovich, Britain's second wealthiest man, has tumbled from the top of British football's rich list to a humbling third place, following his fortune plummeting by 3.38 billion pounds.

To add insult to the injury inflicted on his wallet, a fellow Premier League club owner and a part owner of a Championship club have overtaken Abramovich (£7b).

According to the list, compiled for FourFourTwo magazine, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the new owner of Manchester City, who FFT says has a personal fortune of £15bn, is now No. 1, while the second place is occupied by Lakshmi Mittal, worth £12.5bn, who joined Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore in investing in the Queen's Park Rangers.

Joe Lewis of Tottenham fame is fourth on the list, valued at £2.5bn, with Ecclestone is fifth (£2.4bn), followed by Arsenal shareholders Stan Kroenke (£2.245bn) and Alisher Usmanov (£1.5bn).

David Beckham retains his place as the richest player associated with British football.

The LA Galaxy midfielder, on loan at AC Milan, has a fortune estimated at £125m, three times more than Michael Owen (£40m) and Wayne Rooney (£35m). Beckham is 38th in the overall list, while England's head coach, Fabio Capello, is the best-placed manager, at No. 73, with a fortune estimated at £25m. Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson is at No. 78, on £22m.

Top five owners: 1. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Manchester City, £15bn; 2. Lakshmi Mittal and family, Queen's Park Rangers, £12.5bn; 3. Roman Abramovich, Chelsea, £7bn; 4. Joe Lewis, Tottenham Hotspur, £2.5bn, 5. Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone, Queen's Park Rangers, £2.4bn