Who are the bidders hoping to buy Chelsea?

There are four candidates on the shorltlist.

Nick Purewal
Thursday 14 April 2022 11:19 BST
Chelsea are up for sale (Nick Potts/PA)
Chelsea are up for sale (Nick Potts/PA)

Final bids were due for Chelsea on Thursday in one of the most public sports franchise sales in history.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the contenders.

Sir Martin Broughton

Sir Martin Broughton is among the bidders (Steve Parsons/PA)

The former Liverpool and British Airways chairman has compiled his own consortium bid, drawing in Lord Sebastian Coe.

US businessmen Josh Harris and David Blitzer are expected to be included in the funding, which would require the duo to divest their shareholding in Crystal Palace.

The 74-year-old Broughton joined British American Tobacco in 1971, rising to prominence as chairman and chief executive in 1998. The lifelong Chelsea supporter held a short chairmanship of Liverpool in 2010, ushering through the Reds’ sale to current owners the Fenway Sports Group.

World Athletics president and London 2012 Olympics chief Coe’s Government and establishment links strengthen the Broughton bid.

Todd Boehly

The owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers is looking to buy Chelsea (Ian West/PA)

The Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner and US business magnate has highly-respected and successful British businessman Jonathan Goldstein, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter as partners.

The decorated Dodgers’ impressively run set-up has earned widespread plaudits in the elongated campaigning around the Chelsea bidding.

Clearlake Capital investment firm is understood to provide potent financial backing to the Boehly bid. Boehly is the co-founder, chairman and chief executive of Eldridge Industries.

The Ricketts family

Laura and Tom Ricketts watching a Chelsea Women’s Super League game (PA)

Chicago Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts front a bid underpinned by major financial firepower from US multi-billionaires Ken Griffin and Dan Gilbert.

Citadel chief executive Griffin and Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures owner Gilbert, who also owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, boast a combined private net worth estimated to be more than £50billion.

Chelsea supporters have raised concerns and even staged a small protest against the Ricketts’ candidacy over issues including historic tweets from family patriarch Joe Ricketts, who has no role either at the Cubs or in the bid for Chelsea.

Tom and Laura Ricketts have been adamant in their vision for an inclusive and diverse Chelsea however. Laura Ricketts became the first openly gay sports franchise owner in the US on taking the Cubs helm, and sits on the Barack Obama Foundation’s inclusion council.

Steve Pagliuca

Steve Pagliuca already owns the Boston Celtics (Michael Dwyer/AP)

The Boston Celtics co-owner boasts NBA chairman Larry Tanenbaum as co-managing partner in his consortium bid for the Blues.

Pagliuca is the co-chairman of Bain Capital, and has a shareholding in Italian Serie A club Atalanta. That shareholding would require a reduction should his bid for the Blues prove successful.

Former Disney chief executive Bob Iger, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and businesswoman Elaine Saverin are also involved in the bid.

Peter Guber, who has stakes in the Golden State Warriors, LA Dodgers and Los Angeles FC, has also joined the consortium. Further partners include B Capital founder Raj Ganguly, venture capitalist Jim Breyer, investor John Burbank and tech entrepreneur Div Turakhia.

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