Boehly, Walter and Wyss: who are the new owners of Chelsea? – Companies

Two American businessmen, already heavily involved in professional sport in the United States, and a Swiss billionaire: portrait of the new owners of Chelsea, whose record acquisition was announced after a colossal offer of 4.25 billion pounds (4 , 97 billion euros). This is the largest sum ever spent on a sports club.

Roman Abramovich and Chelsea have found a buyer: a group led by Todd Boehly, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, has made a colossal offer of 4.25 billion pounds (4.97 billion euros) for the acquisition of the Blues, the largest sum ever spent on a sports club. “Chelsea Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the acquisition of the club by a new group of owners, led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss,” Chelsea FC said in a statement. . the night from Friday to Saturday. It is the end of an era that began in 2003 with the arrival at the helm of Roman Abramovich, who had bought the “Blues” for 140 million pounds. Thanks to the financial windfall of the Russian oligarch, close to the Kremlin, Chelsea, until then the second knife of English football, suddenly transformed into a great player at national and European level, accumulating in particular five titles in the Premier League. two Champions League (2012, 2021). In the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian billionaire, targeted by the London sanctions, had put the London club up for sale on 2 March, insisting that he would not seek repayment of the club’s loans during the his 19-19 years. year of reign and that all proceeds from the operation would go to the victims of the war.

After a lengthy auction process involving several groups, it was that of Mr. Boehly and his investing partners who were chosen by the New York bank Raine Group, which is overseeing the sale. “The sale is expected to be finalized at the end of May, subject to obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals,” Chelsea said in their statement. Portraits of the new bosses:

Todd Boehly

Boehly, 48, is the leading figure in the group that will buy the London club from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich for almost five billion euros. The businessman, a graduate of the London School of Economics, first worked for several major American banks, including Citibank, before joining Guggenheim Partners, a financial services giant, in 2001 and then becoming President. In 2015, this father of three left Guggenheim Partners to create Eldridge Industries, which is present in the banking, insurance, real estate, technology, media, sports and even catering sectors. Its business portfolio includes the American music magazine Billboard, the catalog of songs and musical rights of Bruce Springsteen and Cirque du Soleil.

Boehly is not his first investment in professional sport. In 2013, he bought the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball franchise from Frank McCourt, current owner of Olympique de Marseille, with other investors including Mark Walter, also featured in Chelsea’s takeover bid, and the former football legend. NBA Magic Johnson basketball. He has since joined the capital of the famous Los Angeles Lakers basketball team as well as the LA Sparks American women’s professional basketball team. According to Forbes magazine, his personal fortune is estimated at 4.5 billion dollars, which places him at 637th place in the world ranking of the greatest fortunes drawn up in 2022 by the American magazine. Boehly, who fought as a teenager, a very popular sport in American high schools, had already tried to buy Chelsea in 2019. He shares his life between Los Angeles and Connecticut and since 2021 he has been interim president of the Association of Hollywood Foreign Press. Association, which awards the Golden Globes annually.

Marco Walter

In 2012, Mark Walter, 61, was the prime mover in the acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than $ 2 billion. Born in Iowa, this seasoned attorney is the grand boss of Guggenheim Partners, which he co-founded in the 1990s. This investment fund, which is present in financial services, insurance or even consulting, estimates his assets at $ 325 billion. .

Marco Walter © Getty

The company is linked to the famous Guggenheim family, the embodiment of the American dream that made its fortune in the mining and then banking sectors and which gave its name to several museums, including the one in New York designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. . Walter, married and father of a child, according to the American press is very committed to defending the environment. According to Forbes magazine, his personal fortune is estimated at 3.9 billion dollars, the 665th wealth in the world according to the ranking drawn up in 2022 by the American magazine.

Hansjörg Wyss

Unlike his two main partners, 86-year-old Wyss is not yet present in professional sport. This very discreet billionaire is the richest of the three investors with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $ 5 billion, synonymous with the 552nd place in the world ranking established by the American magazine.

Hansjörg Wyss, Getty
Hansjörg Wyss © Getty

A Harvard graduate, Wyss started in the textile sector, then worked in the automotive (Chrysler) and aeronautics sectors, before creating the American branch of Synthes, a Swiss group specializing in medical equipment (prosthetics, implants) which he will take control of before to sell it in 2012 to the American giant Johnson & Johnson for 20 billion dollars. Founded in the United States, Wyss is regarded by the Blick newspaper as “the most influential Swiss in the world”. Like his partners, ties to football are limited, his favorite sport is alpine skiing.

Roman Abramovich and Chelsea have found a buyer: a group led by Todd Boehly, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, has made a colossal offer of 4.25 billion pounds (4.97 billion euros) for the acquisition of the Blues, the largest sum ever spent on a sports club. “Chelsea Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the acquisition of the club by a new group of owners, led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss,” Chelsea FC said in a statement. . the night from Friday to Saturday. It is the end of an era that began in 2003 with the arrival at the helm of Roman Abramovich, who had bought the “Blues” for 140 million pounds. Thanks to the financial windfall of the Russian oligarch, close to the Kremlin, Chelsea, until then the second knife of English football, suddenly transformed into a great player at national and European level, accumulating in particular five titles in the Premier League. two Champions League (2012, 2021). In the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian billionaire, targeted by the London sanctions, had put the London club up for sale on 2 March, insisting that he would not seek repayment of the club’s loans during the his 19-19 years. year of reign and that all profits from the operation would go to the victims of the war. After a lengthy procurement process involving several groups, it is that of Mr. Boehly and his investment partners that has been chosen by the New York bank Raine Group, which is overseeing the sale. “The sale is expected to be finalized at the end of May, subject to obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals,” Chelsea said in their statement. Portraits of the new bosses: Boehly, 48, is the leading figure of the group that will buy the London club from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich for almost five billion euros. The businessman, a graduate of the London School of Economics, first worked for several major American banks, including Citibank, before joining Guggenheim Partners, a financial services giant, in 2001 and then becoming President. In 2015, this father of three left Guggenheim Partners to create Eldridge Industries, which is present in the banking, insurance, real estate, technology, media, sports and even catering sectors. His business portfolio includes the American music magazine Billboard, the catalog of songs and music rights of Bruce Springsteen and Cirque du Soleil. Boehly is not his first investment in professional sport. In 2013, he bought the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball franchise from Frank McCourt, current owner of Olympique de Marseille, with other investors including Mark Walter, also featured in Chelsea’s takeover bid, and the former football legend. NBA Magic Johnson basketball. He has since joined the capital of the famous Los Angeles Lakers basketball team as well as the LA Sparks American women’s professional basketball team. According to Forbes magazine, his personal fortune is estimated at 4.5 billion dollars, which places him at 637th place in the world ranking of the greatest fortunes drawn up in 2022 by the American magazine. Boehly, who fought as a teenager, a very popular sport in American high schools, had already tried to buy Chelsea in 2019. He shares his life between Los Angeles and Connecticut and since 2021 he has been interim president of the Association of Hollywood Foreign press ( Hollywood Foreign Press Association), which awards the Golden Globes annually In 2012, Mark Walter, 61, was the main architect of the acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than two billion dollars. Born in Iowa, this seasoned attorney is the big boss of Guggenheim Partners, which he co-founded in the 1990s. This investment fund, which is present in financial services, insurance or even consulting, estimates his assets at $ 325 billion. . The company is linked to the famous Guggenheim family, the embodiment of the American dream that made its fortune in the mining and then banking sectors and which gave its name to several museums, including the one in New York designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. . Walter, married and father of a child, according to the American press is very committed to defending the environment. According to Forbes magazine, his personal fortune is estimated at $ 3.9 billion, which is the 665th wealth in the world according to the ranking drawn up by the American magazine in 2022. Unlike his two main partners, Wyss, 86, is not yet present in the sports professions. This very discreet billionaire is the richest of the three investors with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $ 5 billion, synonymous with the 552nd place in the world ranking established by the American magazine. A Harvard graduate, Wyss started in the textile sector, then worked in the automotive (Chrysler) and aeronautics sectors, before creating the American branch of Synthes, a Swiss group specializing in medical equipment (prosthetics, implants) which he will take control of before to sell it in 2012 to the American giant Johnson & Johnson for 20 billion dollars. Founded in the United States, Wyss is regarded by the Blick newspaper as “the most influential Swiss in the world”. Like his partners, ties to football are limited, his favorite sport is alpine skiing.

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