Liverpool FC’s American owner John Henry knew “virtually nothing” about English soccer before buying the famed club, he acknowledged in a Guardian feature today.This won’t sit well with English fans.
American owners have taken over some of England’s soccer powerhouses over the last decade.
Many of them have drawn the scorn of fans for numerous business and on-field blunders.
But Americans will continue to buy up big English clubs. And with Italian giants AS Roma now under American control, US owners are edging into continental Europe as well.
Henry made his fortune taking advantage of market inefficiencies as a hedge fund manager.
He eventually bought the Boston Red Sox with a group of investors -- leading them to their first World Series since 1918.
Last year, he bought the embattled club Liverpool even though he knew 'virtually nothing' about English soccer.
Lerner was a banker who also had experience in sports ownership.
He owned the Cleveland Browns before purchasing Birmingham-based Aston Villa in the EPL in 2006.
He's probably the most well-liked owner in the league.
Malcolm Glazer made his fortune in a variety of businesses.
He eventually parlayed his fortune into the biggest club in England -- Manchester United.
He's become hated by Man U supporters for strapping the club with millions of dollars of debt.
Kroenke is a sports mogul and the son-in-law of the guy who founded Wal-Mart.
He owns several sports franchises in Colorado, and he bought a controlling stake in Arsenal last year.
Slowly but surely, Arsenal fans are starting to get fed up with his relative aloofness and lack of spending.
Berylson is a Harvard MBA and a Marine.
After making gobs of money refinancing banks in Rhode Island, he bought the club in 2007.
The club has moved up a league since then, and Berylson bragged in 2009 that 'the Millwall fans like me now.'
Anschutz is the man behind the sports and entertainment giant AEG (aka the company that wants to bring the NFL back to LA).
AEG owns a 49% stake in an obscure Swedish club, Hammarby. AEG also owns the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.
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