World's eighth-richest man wants to buy Liverpool as owners look to sell club – report

Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, pictured in 2017
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Indian multi-billionaire Mukesh Ambani, the eighth-richest man in the world, is reportedly looking to buy Liverpool (opens in new tab).

Earlier this week, Reds owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) put the club up for sale – and the American company, headed up by John W. Henry and Tom Werner, are said to have already been inundated with speculative offers.

According to the Mirror (opens in new tab), Ambani – who chairs multinational conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited – is among the interested parties.

FSG are believed to value Liverpool at £4bn – which would be a drop in the ocean for Ambani: Forbes (opens in new tab) put his net worth at $94.7bn (around £80bn).

The 65-year-old already has sporting interests, with his group running the Indian Super League (the top tier of football in the country) as well as owning Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket franchise the Mumbai Indians.

When a takeover – whoever that may be led by – eventually does go through, it will represent the end of Liverpool's most successful era in modern history.

Since FSG purchased the club in 2010, the Reds have won pretty much every trophy there's been to win – including a sixth Champions League in 2019, and a long-awaited first Premier League title (and 19th top-flight title overall) the following season. The group's popularity did take a hit when they backed the failed European Super League last year, however.

Liver have endured a thoroughly disappointing 2022/23 so far. Jurgen Klopp's side trail Premier League leaders Arsenal by 15 points as the campaign pauses for the World Cup – although they could yet go far in the Champions League and both domestic cup competitions.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...