Fenway Sports Group’s sale of Liverpool FC could spark a bidding war between the world’s two richest sports team owners.
Mukesh Ambani, owner of the Indian Premier League’s Mumbai Indians, is interested in the Premier League club — but he may face opposition from Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, who has recently been linked to Liverpool as well.
- Ambani — net worth $94.3 billion according to Forbes — and Ballmer ($79.5B) are the richest sports team owners in the world.
- Boston Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca may also be interested, according to the Daily Mail. Pagliuca joined a consortium that made an unsuccessful bid for Chelsea FC.
- Dubai International Capital, which is connected to the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, could also explore a bid.
Fenway Sports Group could set the price tag at $3.2 billion, per the Daily Mail, but other sources have floated higher estimates, with the Mirror putting the ask as high as $4.7 billion.
The team’s next set of financial figures is reportedly expected to show revenue of $706.8 million for the 2021-22 season.
FSG, which bought Liverpool in 2010 for $353.4 million by today’s exchange rate, is reportedly interested in bringing an NBA franchise into its portfolio. The group also owns the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Penguins.