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in Lyon, American businessman John Textor presents himself as an ambitious “builder”

In only one 12 months, he grew to become an actor who relied on the soccer planet. Since August 2021, John Textor has multiplied membership acquisitions. With the announcement on Monday, June 20, of his unique negotiations to amass a 67% stake in OL Groupe, the construction that controls Olympique Lyonnais (OL), the American businessman got here so as to add an additional piece to the worldwide soccer community he’s constructing.

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The multi-billionaire’s “assortment” already included golf equipment in Botafogo, Brazil, and Molenbeek, Belgium, the place he is almost all shareholder. If he failed to purchase Newcastle, Brentford, Watford or Benfica, he grew to become a co-shareholder of Crystal Palace in England, together with David Blitzer, one other extraordinarily rich American.

Former Hollywood Virtual Reality Guru

However, John Textor, 65, of Missouri, grew to become well-known in his youth, in Florida, on a board moderately than a ball at his ft: he was a proficient skateboarder, a freestyle acrobatics specialist, earlier than the autumn pressured him to shut in the Nineteen Eighties.

And if he makes a reputation for himself in enterprise – as properly as fortune – he owes it to new applied sciences, the journal Forbes describing it in 2016 as Hollywood Virtual Reality Guru.

Trained as a pc scientist, he first invested in particular results: since 2006 he has headed the corporate Digital Domain, purchased by the director of the blockbuster titanicJames Cameron – and Oscar winner in 2009 for the particular results of the movie The curious case of Benjamin Button.

But the journey ended in chapter in 2012. “failure” which he referred to on Tuesday throughout a press convention in Lyon, a day after the announcement of the conclusion of the settlement to buy OL.

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John Textor then returned to the holograms by means of one other firm, Pulse Evolution. He used this know-how, which was progressive on the time, to deliver useless stars again to life: rapper Tupac on the 2012 Coachella Festival in California or King of Pop Michael Jackson in 2014 on the Billboard Music Awards.

“I introduced assets, help, capital…”

In Lyon, recalling from the start, jokingly, his French descent from his mom – who could be “embarrassed that he does not converse the language in the present day” – The businessman launched himself for the primary time “builder” as an alternative “Only as an investor”. He tried to reassure his supporters by an extended confession of religion, generally a little bit confused.

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