Confirmed “Gooner” Usmanov, 63, holds a 30% stake in Premier League football club Arsenal but is at war with the majority shareholder, US billionaire Stan Kroenke, over a replacement for manager Arsène Wenger.
Last year Usmanov bought out the 15% stake in the Gunners owned by his business partner Farhad Moshiri (qv) in a deal worth about £146m. Now the Uzbek-born entrepreneur’s firm is sponsoring the training ground of Everton, the Merseyside team in which Moshiri purchased a 49.9% holding during 2016. Usmanov would love to take over at the Emirates – and has the firepower to do it. He grew rich through steel and iron ore mines, and his numerous assets, including shares in Spotify and Airbnb, are up to about £4bn.