TOOLBOX fans were offered a mega boost over the weekend after Spotify owner Daniel Ek revealed he was keen on buying the club.
The Gunners’ existing owners – Kroenke Sports and Home Entertainment – have when again irritated fans.
American chief Stan Kroenke has never ever quite endeared himself to Gooners down the years, with numerous annoyed by his business-first approach – often affecting Arsenal’s operate in the transfer market.
However after Arsenal registered for the questionable European Super League – before hastily withdrawing following an extraordinary reaction – fans came down on the Emirates to protest against KSE like never ever in the past.
With Kroenke relatively ready to sell for ₤ 2billion, Ek formally verified he ‘d consider trying ought to KSE officially put the club on the marketplace.
But how does the Swedish businessman compare to the American? We have a look.
In terms of experience, Kroenke – worth an estimated ₤ 5.9 bn – is the clear winner.
The American, ranked No308 on Forbes’ rich-list – is 73 years old, with Ek substantially more youthful – just over half his age, in fact – at 38 years old.
Kroenke, too, has a much broader series of organization experience.
While Ek – worth around ₤ 3.4 bn and No522 on Forbes’ chart – is known just for Spotify, Kroenke has large experience in property, sports groups and more.
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The American owns a whole host of sports groups.
Along with Arsenal, Kroenke owns the Denver Nuggets (NBA), Los Angeles Rams (NFL), Colorado Rapids (MLS) and Colorado Avalanche (NHL).
He also owns lacrosse group Colorado Mammoth and eSports franchises Los Angeles Gladiators (Overwatch) and Los Angeles Guerrilla (Call Of Responsibility).
Outside of sports, Kroenke owns the Shouting Eagle Winery and Vineyards, in addition to 1.4 million acres of ranches throughout the USA and Canada – consisting of the 510,527 acre Waggoner Cattle ranch in Texas.
The ranch was used for crops, livestock and horses, along with oil production.
In terms of property, Ek does have an unbelievable ₤ 43million household home on the borders of Swedish capital Stockholm.
There, long-lasting Arsenal fan Ek lives with spouse Sofia Levander – whom he wed at a star-studded ceremony in Lake Como, Italy in 2016- and their 2 young daughters Elissa and Colinne.
Kroenke, on the other hand, married other half Ann Walton Kroenke in 1974.
The couple have 4 kids, consisting of Toolbox director Josh.
Josh Kroenke is not only heir to the KSE empire, however likewise to Walmart – as mum Ann is the daughter of the retail giants’ creator Bud Walton.
Brett, Katie & Whitney Ann are the Kroenkes’ 3 other children.
Whitney Ann is a businesswoman in her own right, having actually co-founded the Playing for Modification Movement, launching Nine Banded Whiskey and likewise working as a film producer.
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