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Southampton Takeover: How Wealth Compares With Other Premier League Clubs

Southampton FC confirmed today (Tuesday) that a bid has been accepted for Serbian telecoms magnate Dragan Solak to purchase the club from current majority shareholder Gao Jisheng.

Rasmus Ankersen, the former Brentford co-director of football, and Henrik Kraft, a London-based investor, are also involved as prospective minority shareholders.

Read more: Serbian Tycoon Strikes Deal To Buy Southampton FC

While Ankersen, whose net worth is estimated at around £1.6bn, will take an 80% stake in the club, the Liebherr family — which will hold 20% of the company's shares — have a whopping net worth of £6.6bn.

The takeover has yet to be officially completed.

Here's how the new ownership reportedly stacks up financially against the rest of the Premier League:

1. Newcastle United Newcastle United Emoticon — £320bn 

2. Manchester City Manchester City Emoticon — £15bn

3. Chelsea Chelsea Fc Emoticon — £11bn

4. Southampton Southampton Fc Emoticon — Circa £8.2bn

5. Arsenal Arsenal Fc Emoticon — £8bn

6. Aston Villa Aston Villa Emoticon — £7.3bn

7. Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers Emoticon — £6.8bn

8. Leicester City Leicester City Emoticon — £5.7bn

9. West Ham United West Ham United Emoticon — £4.1bn

10. Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Emoticon£3.6bn

11. Manchester United Manchester United Emoticon — £3.5bn

12. Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Emoticon — £3.1bn

13. Leeds United Leeds United Emoticon — £3bn

14. Liverpool Liverpool Fc Emoticon£2.7bn

15. Everton Everton Fc Emoticon — £2.1bn

16. Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton Hove Albion Emoticon  £960m

17. Watford Watford Fc Emoticon£89m

18. Norwich City Norwich City Emoticon — £22m

Brentford and Burnley owners' net worth not listed.

Although Southampton's prospective owners are likely to be among the wealthiest in English football, it's unlikely they'll oversee an enormous transfer outlay, with more than 75% of their wealth made up by minority shareholders.



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