Enos Stan Kroenke was not born in to great wealth.
The controlling shareholder of Arsenal FC was raised in a modest middle class family in the tiny village of Mora, Missouri. His father owned a lumber yard and Kroenke would sweep wood chip and help with the books after school before leaving to study business at the University of Missouri in Columbia, 80 miles north east.
He showed a flare for business, paying for college from the proceeds of a clothes shop he started. After graduating he moved into real estate and developing strip malls. He was already independently wealthy before taking a ski trip to Aspen that would change his life.
In this episode we look at the early life of Stan Kroenke, his marriage to a Walmart heiress and his interest in sports, peaking in his takeover at Arsenal.
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.