The richest man in Britain, who tried to buy the Blues last summer, completed the acquisition of the giant giant Team Sky on Tuesday
Petrochemical billionaire Jim Ratcliffe is interested in buying Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.
The 66-year-old completed an acquisition of giant Team Sky on Tuesday – and the Blues could be his next big purchase.
Ratcliffe remains enthusiastic about buying the club despite Abramovich's 2.5 million pounds asking for the price.
The future of Abramovich's Stamford Bridge has been questioned by the fact that he did not renew his visa for the United Kingdom last year, which forced him to obtain an Israeli passport to make sure he can still legally visit 39; England.
Further questions were raised about the club's long-term commitment to the club, after suspending the Stamford Bridge rehabilitation plans last summer.
So who is Jim Ratcliffe? The man interested in ending Abramovich's reign for 16 years in west London …
- Ratcliffe grew up in Failsworth, Greater Manchester and lived in a council house with his parents.
- Ratcliffe founded the petrochemical company Ineos in 1998, which would continue to make him a billionaire. Now, it is believed to be worth 21 billion pounds.
- Explaining the secret of his greater success, he told the Times: "We would look at companies that were outmoded or not obsessed, structures owned by large companies in which we would know they would be sloppy with fixed costs. We would do them a little. ; better, to reduce costs, make them occupied and during the cycle they are very profitable. "
- Ratcliffe, Manchester United fan, lives in Chelsea and has a seasonal Stamford Bridge pass.
- The business man changed the name of Team Sky to Team Ineos after his successful acquisition.
- Ratcliffe is no stranger to owning a football club. In November 2017, he bought Swiss minnow FC Lausanne-Sport. Zinedine Zidane's son, Enzo Fernandez, was the first to sign the ownership of Ratcliffe. Last season the club suffered a relegation in Switzerland.
- He was knighted by the Queen for his business and investment services in June 2018.
- Ratcliffe is a strong supporter of Brexit. Last year he announced that he would move to Munich, a move that would save him up to £ 4 billion in taxes. The leader of the liberal democrats, Sir Vince Cable, called the move "profoundly cynical". He said: "The idea that we should distribute riders to people who have no commitment in this country is rather shameful."