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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke owns one of sport’s most valuable teams, with Cowboys, Patriots, Warriors and Rams blowing Premier League teams away

Bynewsmagzines

Sep 11, 2023
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke owns one of sport's most valuable teams, with Cowboys, Patriots, Warriors and Rams blowing Premier League teams away


If you thought Arsenal had a good couple of years, that’s nothing compared to their owner Stan Kroenke.

The Gunners are finally back to their title-challenging best under manager Mikel Arteta, with the deadwood fully cleared out of their squad and a crop of young talent the envy of every side in the world.

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Kroenke has plenty to smile aboutCredit: Getty

Even despite ending last season trophyless as Premier League runners-up to Manchester City, the Emirates is revitalised and so are the club’s finances with £200million spent this summer, including a record for £105m Declan Rice.

All of that marks a huge turnaround under the previously derided ‘Silent Stan’ and it’s easy to see why with a glance over at the NFL.

The 76-year-old billionaire’s Los Angeles Rams are the fifth most valuable sports team in the world, according to new research from Forbes.

Kroenke bought the team in 2010 for $750m, and moved them from St. Louis back to LA in what was a controversial decision.

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But as far as the finances are concerned, it was a stroke of genius, with the two-time Super Bowl champions now worth $6.9billion [£5.5bn].

Their most recent title came in 2021 under Kroenke’s stewardship, which will certainly be the kind of change in fortunes Arsenal fans are dreaming of.

But there’s more to add hope too, with Kroenke’s Colorado Avalanche also winning the NHL’s Stanley Cup in 2022, their first championship in 21 years, while the NBA’s Denver Nuggets won their first-ever championship this year.

The valuation of the Rams is all the more astonishing when you factor in the Missourian’s purchase price of $750m, while their valuation has gone up by 116 per cent in the last five years.

The Rams rank fifth in the world's most valuable teams

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The Rams rank fifth in the world’s most valuable teamsCredit: Getty

The good news doesn’t end there for the Gunners, the Rams or the Avalanche, with Kroenke currently valued as the second richest person in sport with a valuation of $14.4bn [£12.35bn], behind only Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys on $14.5bn [£12.43].

That also leaves Kroenke as the 120th richest person alive at the time of writing, with his US sports millions clearly trickling down into Arteta’s transfer kitty.

Interestingly in Forbes’ valuations is the financial might of the NFL, with 30 of the top 50 coming from the 32-team American football league.

Arsenal aren’t in the ranking with the Kroenke sister team, but a number of football sides are.

Despite the wealth of the Premier League, Arsenal are not among the top 50 most valuable teams

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Despite the wealth of the Premier League, Arsenal are not among the top 50 most valuable teams

Real Madrid rank highest at 11th on $6.07bn [£5.20bn], with Manchester United just behind in 13th on $6bn [£5.14bn].

Top 20 most valuable sports teams in the world:

  1. Dallas Cowboys $9bn
  2. New York Yankees $7.1bn
  3. Golden State Warriors $7bn
  4. New England Patriots $7bn
  5. Los Angeles Rams $6.9bn
  6. New York Giants $6.8bn
  7. Chicago Bears $6.3bn
  8. Las Vegas Raiders $6.2bn
  9. New York Knicks $6.1bn
  10. New York Jets $6.1bn
  11. Real Madrid $6.07bn
  12. Washington Commanders $6.05bn
  13. Manchester United $6bn
  14. San Francisco 49ers $6bn
  15. Los Angeles Lakers $5.9bn
  16. Philadelphia Eagles $5.8bn
  17. Miami Dolphins $5.7bn
  18. Barcelona $5.508bn
  19. Houston Texans $5.5bn
  20. Liverpool $5.228bn

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