The deal to acquire Roman Abramovich is nearing completion and is being spearheaded by American billionaire Todd Boehly – but less is known about the other members of the consortium
When Chelsea conceded to Conor Coady in the 97th minute at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon and lost two points, meaning a place in the top four is not yet certain, cameras focused on Todd Boehly in one of the West Stand boxes .
The 46-year-old is the face of the group who aim to complete the club’s takeover in the next few days, subject to Government and Premier League approval. But there are a few other key figures that have received less attention over the past two months.
here mirror football gives some details on the names involved and the importance of their presence as the two-time European champion enters a new era.
the leader The casually dressed LA Dodgers part-owner, with a 20% stake, will be running for the new group and has so far made the right noises, using the example of his baseball team’s success to allay some fears about whether they will go on strong to invest in strengthening the first team and the club infrastructure. Boehly was also more than happy to pose for photos and make small talk with fans outside of the premises, an easy PR win considering the outgoing owner was absent for several years.
Eldridge Industries, his private holding company founded in 2015, invests in multiple industries including technology, gaming and real estate. He also owns a minor interest in the LA basketball teams Lakers and Sparks.
The richest man in Switzerland. The 82-year-old first announced Chelsea were up for sale in early March, when he told Blick newspaper he had been offered the club more than 24 hours before Roman Abramovich confirmed it. Reports that he formed a group that was able to take over out of spite because he has very different political views from Russians are exaggerated, but Wyss is a notable supporter of left-wing causes in America. He had an existing business relationship with Boehly before making the offer.
Another Boehly business partner with a larger stake in the Dodgers and a similarly large stake in the Lakers. The 61-year-old is the chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, a financial firm with more than $310 billion (£250 billion) in assets under management. Also interested in wildlife conservation.
A London-based property developer whose stake in the consortium initially drew attention as a huge Tottenham Hotspur fan. The Cain International chief executive was not mentioned in the club’s statement, which confirmed a deal had been agreed to acquire the club, suggesting his stake will be smaller.
The Tory colleague and former adviser to David Cameron will take a non-executive seat on the board. He is a lifelong supporter of the club and has long been a football columnist in The Times. Another important detail for fans is that he is vehemently opposed to the European Super League.
A renowned music executive who was formerly a journalist for Rolling Stone and NME. Charone, who was born in Chicago but has been a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge for more than 40 years after meeting Keith Richards in Canada, will also sit on the board as a non-executive director and has outlined the same commitment not to join a Super League in the future .
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The former Chancellor was pictured with Boehly outside Stamford Bridge late Friday night, just before it was confirmed a deal had been agreed. He has worked in an advisory role during the bidding process, but it’s unclear what involvement, if any, he will have once the deal closes.
Clearlake Capital – Jose E Feliciano and Behdad Eghbali
The money behind the offer. The California firm, which has an estimated £58 billion in assets under management, will own the largest number of shares, but it will trust Boehly and others to make decisions. This is her first foray into the sport, with her existing interests centered on the technology and energy sectors. Feliciano, 48, was born in Puerto Rico and previously worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs. Eghbali, 46, worked for TPG Capital before founding Clearlake.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/todd-boehly-chelsea-owners-group-26914690 Todd Boehly and the eight other key figures in the new Chelsea ownership group