ARSENAL shareholder Alisher Usmanov has overtaken QPR steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal as the second richest man in English football, behind Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.
Usmanov’s fortune has swelled from £8bn to £12.4bn in the last 12 months, moving him above Mittal, whose wealth has shrunk by a third to £11.8bn, according to research by FourFourTwo magazine.
Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Mansour, whose lavish spending since taking over in 2008 has elevated City to the Premier League’s top table, still boasts the deepest pockets by some distance, with £20bn.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s bank balance increased by some £3bn to £10.4bn, but he remains fourth, while Tottenham owner Joe Lewis is sixth with a stable £2.8bn.
Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has thus far outmanoeuvred Usmanov in the Emirates Stadium power struggle, is eighth with a £1.8bn fortune.
Former England captain David Beckham remains by far the richest player, with £135m, while England boss Fabio Capello tops the managers’ list with £38m.