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Elon Musk and other 6 billionaires who could buy Liverpool as FSG put club up for sale

Elon Musk and other 6 billionaires who could buy Liverpool as FSG put club up for sale

After Fenway Sports Group put the club up for sale, Liverpool began looking for a new billionaire owner.

After 12 years in control, current owners FSG made the shocking revelation on Monday that they will consider offers. Forbes values the Reds at £3.5 billion, which is much more than the £300 million the Americans first paid for the team.

And with Liverpool fans, players, and staff now eagerly expecting who will take control at Anfield, SportsDias presents seven billionaires who could potentially purchase the Premier League giants.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the richest man in Britain, is rumored to be in the running whenever a big-six Premier League team is available for sale.

He is estimated to be rich £10.1 billion, which enables him to already own Ligue 1 club Nice, Swiss side FC Lausanne-Sport, and cycling team Ineos Grenadiers.

This year, Ratcliffe expressed an interest in purchasing the Blues from Roman Abramovich, making him well-known among Chelsea fans.

However, he was unsuccessful when Todd Boehly took over, and he later stated that he would purchase Manchester United if the Glazers decided to sell.

Muhsin Bayrak

Muhsin Bayrak is worth a staggering £8 billion thanks to his company, AB Group Holding, which includes interests in tourism, cryptocurrencies, and construction. Earlier this year, Abramovich travelled to Turkey to meet him after he was mentioned as a potential buyer for Chelsea.

Bayrak was defeated to the west London club by Boehly, despite stating “we would soon fly the Turkish flag in London.”

However, Liverpool, who, like Chelsea, just won the Premier League and Champions League, could entice the billionaire to make another audacious transfer.

Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan

If Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan was in charge of the Reds, the matchup between Liverpool and Manchester City would be much more thrilling. He is the relative of Sheikh Mansour, the billionaire owner of City.

In 2018, the Abu Dhabi monarchy tried an unsuccessful £2 billion takeover of Liverpool, which would have been the most expensive purchase of a football club at the time.

Sheikh Khaled’s most recent efforts included an offer of £350 million for Newcastle in 2019, before talks broke down, and rumors of him acquiring Derby County.

Billy Beane

This year, American Billy Beane collaborated with US investment group RedBird Capital Partners in an effort to purchase the Blues. Consequently, the list may as well be referred to as the “Chelsea rejects.”

Beane, a former baseball player whose ‘Moneyball’ mentality as a general manager revolutionized the sport, is already a Liverpool owner, holding an 11% interest in FSG. Selling the club to a partner may be the simplest next move for John Henry.

LeBron James

LeBron James’s affection for Liverpool is well-known. Eleven years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers star made the leap into football ownership by purchasing a 2% share in the Liverpool football club.

In March 2021, LBJ became a minority member of FSG and extended his ties to the Anfield club with business associates Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter. Yet even “King James” cannot afford a complete takeover, as his net worth is only around £1 billion.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, would likely generate the most controversy if he were to seize control. Reportedly worth a staggering $175 billion, the 51-year-old has an abundance of wealth.

Musk, who rose to prominence with Tesla and SpaceX, has previously showed interest in sports ownership, tweeting in August, “Also I’m purchasing Manchester United, ur welcome.”

We can’t help but imagine what Anfield might look like if Elon Musk were behind the wheel…

Sir Martin Broughton

This year, Sir Martin Broughton was unable to purchase his favorite football team, Chelsea. Creative Artists Agency was slated to provide financial support to his consortium, but it was not to be.

He is already well-known to Liverpool fans, having served as chairman of the Reds for a brief period in 2010 and brokering their eventual sale to FSG.

Elon Musk and other 6 billionaires who could buy Liverpool as FSG put club up for sale

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