Following Monday’s FSG statement, which appears to suggest they are willing to listen to offers from parties interested in investing in Liverpool, one of the names linked is former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.
The 66-year-old American is recognized as the 10th richest person in the world and has an estimated net worth of a staggering $80 billion, according to @AnfieldEdition on Twitter, though it’s worth emphasizing that there’s a distinct lack of genuine links. .
The Detroit-born businessman also owns the popular LA Clippers basketball team and has previously been voted “Best Owner in the NBA.”
Earlier this year, Forbes named Ballmer the richest owner in sports for the eighth consecutive year (courtesy of Yahoo Sports), so it’s clear he would bring a great deal of financial strength to the table on Merseyside.
At a time when Reds fans are calling for the signing of Jude Bellingham, a player who will easily cost any would-be suitor over £100m by the end of the season, the Ballmer rumors will be recognized by many as extremely exciting.
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But the fact that our current owners are willing to sell the club (or part of it) also creates uncertainty for many fans.
Since taking over the club back in 2010, it’s fair to say that the FSG has divided opinions.
Despite a number of questionable decisions, such as placing the club’s staff on the government’s furlough scheme during the coronavirus pandemic and attempts to trademark the name of Liverpool, John Henry and company. I have done many good things for the club, both on and off the pitch.
Overlooking Melwood’s £50m move to the AXA Training Center in Kirby, as well as the refurbishment of the main stand and Anfield Road end of our iconic stadium are just some of the things Americans deserve credit for.
Although Jurgen Klopp is the man who should be credited with bringing success back to the club, the FSG has brought stability and there is no denying that we are currently in a very healthy position.
In recent days, however, rumors have also circulated suggesting that Middle Eastern and Dubai-based investors are among the potential buyers.
Despite the infinite amount of cash they can provide (within confusing FFP limits), if investors from countries with questionable human rights records were to take over the club, it could certainly damage our image and represent a threat to Liverpool’s morale both as a city and in a sporting sense.
Ballmer, however, appears to be a good guy (at least as good as he seems).
According to Influence Watch, he and his wife have funded political groups seeking to increase opportunities for Black people in society and ultimately achieve equality for all, as well as making significant donations to help address important issues, such as the gun control groups.
The fact that his thoughts and ideas seem to coincide with those of many Liverpool supporters is a promising sign; the fact that he’s filthy rich is also a very nice bonus.
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