Inside Man City owner Sheikh Mansour’s £17bn fortune – including his £400m yacht
Ever since Manchester City were bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2008, they have been building up to win the Champions League.
After claiming a 2-1 win in the first leg of their semi-final against PSG, they have one foot into their first final.
Much of their success in the past decade has come thanks to the Sheikh’s money, with the 50-year-old spending vast sums on players, managers and the club’s infrastructure.
While eyes may water at the amount of money Mansour has spent on City, it is an investment that he can definitely afford.
Here, Daily Star Sport takes a closer look at Sheikh Mansour’s fortune…
Amassing the fortune
As well as being a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, which sees him hold the post of Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Mansour has several business interests.
Much of his £17billion has come from the International Petroleum Investment Company, while in 2007, he was appointed to head the Emirates Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the UAE.
He also has investments in around 50 other companies, including Sky News Arabia and a large stake in Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space company.
To add to his fortune, he made a $1.4bn profit selling a stake in Barclays he bought months earlier.
Sheikh Mansour’s interests in football began when he bought City in 2008 with his Abu Dhabi United Group, guiding them to become of the world’s best teams.
He then founded a second team in 2013, this time in the MLS with New York City to begin the City Football Group.
That group now owns stakes in many leagues worldwide, including Australia, India, Japan, Spain, Belgium and France.
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Away from football, Mansour has interests in several other sports, namely Formula One and horse racing.
The billionaire bought a five per cent stake in Ferrari in 2005 for £91m, helping to launch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Ferrari is not the only F1 team he has interests in, with Mansour also owning a 9.1 percent stake Daimler AG, who own Mercedes.
Mansour is said to be an accomplished horse rider and is the chairman of the Emirates Horse Racing Authority.
Yachts and cars
As well as football clubs and businesses, Mansour also owns many vehicles, including the fifth largest super yacht in the world.
Named Topaz and 482 feet long, it was designed by Tim Heywood and custom-built in Germany by Lurssen Yachts.
It is a giant vessel, with eight floors, two helipads, three swimming pools, a gym, jacuzzi and even a cinema.
Mansour also owns a number of expensive cars, with a Mercedes SLR-McLaren (£350k), a Lamborghini Reventon (£840k) and a Ferrari Enzo (£2.5m) all in his collection.
Remarkably Mansour also owns five Bugatti Veyrons and a Porsche 911 GT1.
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Part of the Abu Dhabi royal family, Mansour has use of a huge palace in the city state.
In 2016, he reportedly added to that huge home by buying a £42m 20,000 acre Spanish villa near the small village of Valencia de las Torres.
Mansour has also stayed at The Emirates Palace, a 7-star hotel which his family owns.
It has 394 rooms, including 92 suites and 22 residential suits, which are furnished in gold and marble.
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While he is already worth an eye-watering £17bn, Mansour stands to inherit much, much more, with his family believed to be worth £560bn.
However, he will only inherit a portion of that, with the fortune set to be divided between Mansour and his five brothers.
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