Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich drops to 8th on Sunday Times rich list as he adds nearly £ 2 billion to net worth
CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich has climbed to eighth spot on the Sunday Times Rich List after adding nearly £ 2 billion to his net worth.
The Russian businessman, 54, has climbed four places – from 12th in 2020 to the top ten in 2021.
Abramovich has added £ 1.945bn to its overall value over the past 12 months thanks to some success in the steel and mining markets.
This brings the Blues owner to a total of £ 12.101 billion – good for the eighth on the Sunday Times Rich list 2021.
The list features the richest UK-based businessmen – Abramovich still occupying a place on the list despite not having set foot in the UK for three years due to visa issues.
The Chelsea boss has instead made Israel his home – but has been spotted in Sweden for the Women’s Champions League final.
The Blues were beaten 4-0 by Barcelona earlier this month, but Abramovich was seen gently consoling Emma Hayes and her team with a rare public appearance.
However, Abrahomovich still has a long way to go to reach the wealth of Sir Leonard Blavatnik, who sits at the top of the 2021 rich list.
The American-British-Russian businessman claims nearly DOUBLE Abramovich’s wealth over £ 23 billion.
Only one other firm has managed to cross the £ 20bn mark, with real estate and internet gurus David and Simon Reuben totaling £ 21.465bn.
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RICH SUNDAY LIST: Top ten
1. Sir Leonard Blavatnik (Investment, music and media) – £ 23bn
2. David and Simon Reuben (Property and Internet) – £ 21.465 billion
3. Sri and Gopi Hinduja and family (Industry and finance) – £ 17 billion
4. Sir James Dyson and his family (housewares and tech) – £ 16.3 billion
5. Lakshmi Mittal and his family (steel) – £ 14.68 billion
6. Alisher Usmanov (Mines and Investments) – £ 13.406 billion
7. Kirsten and Jorn Rausing (inheritance and investment) – £ 13 billion
8. ROMAN ABRAMOVICH – (Oil and industry) £ 12.101 billion
9. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho (inheritance, brewery and bank) – £ 12.013 billion
10. Guy, George, Alannah and Galen Weston and his family (retail) – £ 11 billion
Further down the list, former Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov sits sixth – above Abramovich – with a value of £ 13.406 billion.
Despite rumors that he could sell, Abramovich recently revealed his desire to remain as Chelsea owner.
By March, his visa issues and inability to watch the matches live, as well as the delay in proposed plans to demolish and rebuild the stadium – at an estimated personal cost of £ 1 billion – had led to speculation about the fact that he was about to leave.
But in a rare interview with Forbes, Abramovich doubled down on his desire to lead Chelsea into the future.
The Russian said: “The ambitions are as true today as they were when I became the owner.
“I hope this can be seen through the work we have done on and off the pitch over the past 17 years.
“Chelsea have a very rich history and I feel extremely fortunate to play a role in it.
“The club were here before me, and will be here after me, but my job is to make sure that we are as successful as possible today, as well as to build for the future.
“This is why the success of our academy in Cobham [training ground] is so important to me. “
In the first coronavirus lockdown of 2020, Chelsea and Abramovich received rave reviews for their willingness and speed with which they acted to help their staff and the people in their area.
When football was shut down and other clubs laid off staff, Chelsea continued to pay all staff as if matches were being played.
They also offered free meals and accommodation to local NHS staff and provided online programs for young and old.
They have also partnered with the domestic violence charity Refuge to raise awareness and raise funds – over £ 600,000 has been raised by fans.
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