When Thaksin Shinawatra bought Manchester City in 2007, becoming the first Asian owner of a Premier League club, he made quite the entrance. The former Prime Minister of Thailand was brought on to the stage in Albert Square, where he belted out what can be charitably described as an under-rehearsed rendition of the city anthem Blue Moon, lyric sheet in hand.
But it was taken in good humour. From then on, he was known to the fans as “Frank”, a billionaire politician and telecoms magnate who promised to transform a club that had in recent years been in the shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson’s all conquering Manchester City side.
But as historic as the moment was, it wouldn’t quite end up that way. At least not straight away.
We chart Thaksin Shinawatra’s time at Manchester City, his role within the club, as well as his human rights offences and corruption claims when in government.
We take a look at the controversial owner of Arsenal, Stan Kroenke.2
James Montague details the history of Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich.3
Thaksin Shinawatra bought Manchester City in 2007, and was forever surrounded in controversy.4
The purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan introduced the game to its first trillionaires.5
Author of The Billionaires Club James Montague joins Joe to discuss his latest book in more detail.