Football: half of League 1 clubs under a foreign flag

With the deliberate takeover of Olympique Lyonnais by American John Textor, Ligue 1 has as soon as once more confirmed its attraction to foreign traders. From now on, the tricolors signify solely half of the contingent. Workforce overview.

Foreign homeowners

Clermont. Swiss Ahmet Schaefer is on the helm of the Auvergne membership, which he purchased in 2019. Coming from a household of Zurich bankers – his grandfather, Alfred Schaefer, was president of UBS, he runs a holding firm referred to as Core Sports Capital. In addition to Clermont Foot, the businessman owns the membership Lustenau (Austria).

Toulouse. The promoted Toulouse participant modified arms in 2020, following its takeover by American fund RedBird Capital. The latter now owns 85% of the capital, whereas Olivier Sadran, the membership’s former proprietor and president, holds the remaining 15%. Last June, RedBird Capital struck, providing AC Milan for 1.2 billion euros.

Paris. The capital membership has been owned since 2011 by Qatar Sports Investment (QSI), a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority sovereign fund. Originally a majority shareholder with 70%, QSI purchased the next yr the 30% nonetheless held by Colony Capital, the previous proprietor. In ten years, almost 1.4 billion euros had been invested in transfers alone.

OK. In 2019, the Riviera Club handed into the arms of the British petrochemical firm Ineos, led by billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, who spent about 100 million euros on this event. In addition to OGC Nice, his group owns FC Lausanne (in Switzerland), the Ineos Grenadier biking workforce and a third of the shares of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 workforce.

Marseille. Despite fixed rumors of a sale, Olympique Marseille continues to be owned by American businessman Frank McCourt. Having made a fortune in actual property within the United States, the chief beforehand owned the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball franchise.

Lil. Since Michel Seydoux handed over the publish in 2017, the Lille membership has been going by means of a interval of turbulence. Taken over by businessman Gerard Lopez, it was then briefly held by the Elliott fund, one of its collectors. LOSC is now within the bosom of the Luxembourg fund Merlyn Partners.

Lyon. Unless the scenario modifications, Olympique Lyonnais will certainly fly the American flag in the beginning of the varsity yr. Meanwhile, businessman John Textor, by means of his holding firm Eagle Football, has to purchase again the bulk of the membership’s shares held by the reference shareholders, on this case Holnest (the holding firm of Jean-Michel Aulas), Pathé and IDG Capital. John Textor already owns the Botafogo (Brazil) and Molenbeek (Belgium) clubs. It additionally owns 40% of the capital of Crystal Palace (England).

Auxerre. A historic determine within the elite, AJ Auxerre is again in Ligue 1, with China’s James Zhou on the helm. The billionaire, who made his fortune within the packaging trade, purchased the membership in 2016, buying a 60% stake, then elevated his stake because of a capital enhance. The the rest is held by the AJA Football Association.

Monaco. In 2011, the Principality of Monaco agreed for the primary time to cede management of the membership to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. The businessman, who made his fortune from potash, owns 66.67% of AS Monaco’s shares, with the remainder nonetheless held by Monaco’s chief govt.

Troy. As of 2020, Estac is majority owned by City Football Group (CFG), managed by a non-public fairness fund near the Abu Dhabi royal household. Also the proprietor of Manchester City, CFG step by step constructed a community of round ten clubs within the United States (FC New York City), Australia (FC Melbourne City), Italy (FC Palermo), Spain (FC Girona) or India (FC Mumbai FC City) .


French homeowners

Lenses. Arriving on the head of the membership in 2016, Joseph Ogurlian has been its sole shareholder since 2017. The businessman based the funding fund Amber Capital, which was among the many important shareholders of Lagardère. In addition to RC Lens, the supervisor is a majority shareholder in Calcio Padoue (Italy), Millonarios de Bogota (Colombia) and a minority shareholder in Real Zaragoza (Spain).

Brest. Stade Brestois has been managed since 2016 by Denis Le Saint, the proprietor of the membership, collectively along with his brother Gerard. 99% shareholders, additionally they handle the eponymous household enterprise specializing within the distribution of fruit and greens, seafood, meat and frozen meals.

Nantes. Since 2007, FC Nantes has been owned by Franco-Polish businessman Valdemar Kita, who owns 96% of the membership’s shares. The latter specifically co-founded Corneal, an ophthalmology specialist and subsequently bought, then to Vivacy Laboratories, which manufactures injectable merchandise towards wrinkles and pores and skin imperfections.

Lorien. Loic Ferry has been on the helm of the Breton membership since 2009 and owns the bulk of the shares. The businessman additionally runs Chenavari Investment Managers, an asset administration firm specializing in credit score and monetary markets.

Angers. SCO Angers is within the arms of Saïd Chabanne, a French-Algerian businessman and founder of the Cosnelle group, which specializes within the sausage commerce. After turning into the bulk shareholder within the membership in 2011, he purchased out the minority stakes to carry 93% of the capital.

Ajaccio. The Corsican membership, simply promoted to Ligue 1, is owned by the holding firm Ajaccio Imperial Corse Investissement, made up of a number of shareholders with equal affect. Its president is Alain Orsoni.

Montpellier. Bought by Louis Nicolin over forty years in the past, Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (MHSC) has remained within the household since his loss of life in 2017. It is chaired by his son Laurent Nicolin, additionally co-director of the waste administration group of the identical title along with his brother Olivier.

Strasbourg. After a number of years within the newbie world following administrative relegation, Racing Club de Strasbourg is owned by a number of “historic” shareholders in addition to Marc Keller, a former membership participant and now president.

Reindeer. Stade Rennes is absolutely managed by Artémis, the holding firm of the Pinault household. In addition to the Breton membership, he notably controls the Kering luxurious group and has stakes in a number of dozen different firms.

Reims. Stade de Reims has a number of shareholders, together with two important ones: Jean-Pierre Caillot, who can also be president of the membership and head of a transport firm, and Didier Perrin, who runs an promoting company. Champagne homes Thiénot and Taittinger additionally maintain shares.

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