Data blog: Less than half of Premier League club owners are from the UK

By Giles Broadbent on January 23, 2014 10:00 AM |

West Ham majority shareholder David Sullivan is now in a minority in the Premier league.

More than half of club owners or majority shareholders were born outside the UK.

Looking at the outright owner or majority shareholder of each Premier League club, or the company that owns the club, we have found that only nine were born inside the UK.

Crystal Palace, Everton, Newcastle, Norwich, Stoke, Swansea, Tottenham, West Brom and West Ham make up the domestically owned clubs.

Five of the current owners/shareholders of Premier League clubs were born in the United States - Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Man Utd, and Sunderland.

Though while Fulham's owner, Shahid Khan was born in Pakistan, he moved to the US when he was 16 and later became an American citizen.

This means that control of 30% of Premier League clubs lies in Yankee hands - more than any other nation other than the UK.

However, it could be claimed that the number of UK owners actually stands at 50% of Premier League clubs.

Hull's currently controversial Egyptian-born owner Assem Allam has spent most of his life in the UK.

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