Which are the richest football league clubs in the world?

By Mirror: Saturday, September 22nd 2018 at 11:36 GMT +3 | Football
The EFL Championship trophy [Courtesy]

It might lack the glamour of the English top flight, but there's still plenty of money in the Football League.

No fewer than six Championship clubs have an owner or majority shareholder with an estimated wealth of £1bn or more. Another four have owners whose wealth is at least half a billion.

West Brom owner Guochuan Lai has an estimated wealth of £2.8bn [Courtesy]

Compare that to the Premier League where 14 clubs are owned by billionaires. The gap isn't all that big.

Steve Lansdown, at the helm of Bristol City, is worth £1.72bn [Courtesy]

Aston Villa, Barnsley, Stoke, West Brom, Bristol City and Preston all have owners or majority shareholders with estimated wealths in 10 figures.

Trevor Hemmings, who owns Preston, is a billionaire [Courtesy]

But who are the super-rich folk financing them and where does YOUR club rank in the list?

Here, Mirror Football has ranked every club in the English Football League based on the wealth of their owners or majority shareholders.

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The figures have been collected from sources including local news reports, Forbes and companycheck.co.uk .

The EFL rich list

Club - owner - estimated wealth

  1. Aston Villa - Dr Tony Xia, Nassef Sawiris, Wesley Edens - £8,100,000,000
  2. Barnsley - International Investment Consortium (Headed by Chien Lee) - £6,900,000,000
  3. Stoke - Coates family - £3,100,000,000
  4. West Brom - Guochuan Lai - £2,800,000,000
  5. Bristol City - Steve Lansdown - £1,720,000,000
  6. Preston - Trevor Hemmings - £1,000,000,000
  7. Ipswich - Marcus Evans - £800,000,000
  8. Portsmouth - Michael Eisner - £761,363,968
  9. Reading - Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li - £700,000,000 * only represents wealth of Dai Xiu Li
  10. Sheffield Wednesday - Dejphon Chansiri - £520,000,000
  11. Derby - Mel Morris - £500,000,000
  12. Nottingham Forest - Evangelos Marinakis - £470,000,000
  13. Leeds - Andrea Radrizzani - £450,000,000
  14. Birmingham - Paul Suen (Trillion Trophy Asia) - £450,000,000
  15. Bristol Rovers - Dwane Sports (Al-Qadi family) - £400,000,000
  16. QPR - Tony Fernandes, Lakshmi Mittal - £345,000,000
  17. Scunthorpe United - Peter Swann (family) - £340,000,000
  18. Sheffield United - Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - £260,000,000
  19. Hull - Assem Allam - £250,000,000
  20. Wigan - Dave Whelan - £250,000,000
  21. Middlesbrough - Steve Gibson - £195,000,000
  22. Rotherham - Tony Stewart and J Stewart - £180,000,000
  23. Millwall - John Berylson, Richard Smith - £175,000,000
  24. Milton Keynes Dons - Pete Winkelman - £157,900,000
  25. Forest Green Rovers - Dale Vince - £107,000,000
  26. Blackpool - Owen Oyston - £100,000,000
  27. Bradford City - Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic - £100,000,000
  28. Stevenage - Phil Wallace - £70,000,000
  29. Notts County - Alan Hardy - £55,000,000
  30. Swindon Town - Lee Power - £45,000,000
  31. Colchester United - Robbie Cowling - £40,000,000
  32. Norwich - Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones - £30,000,000
  33. Carlisle United - CUFC Holdings Ltd (lead shareholder Andrew Jenkins) - £17,100,000
  34. Crewe Alexandra - Mr Norman Hassall - £14,400,000
  35. Shrewsbury Town - Roland Wycherley - £14,300,000
  36. Sunderland - Stewart Donald - £8,400,000
  37. Mansfield Town - John Radford - £7,100,000
  38. Walsall - Jeff Bonser - £3,300,000

*Other clubs were either owned by supporters’ trusts or the owner’s estimated wealth could not be ascertained.

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