The Mixed Sporting Fortunes Of Asian Owners

They are a who’s who of self-made tycoons and as well as being highly successful businessmen they are connected by another common denominator, football.

Tony Fernandes, Vincent Tan, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Peter Lim, and Dejphon Chansiri. The owners of QPR, Cardiff City, Leicester City, Valencia and Sheffield Wednesday have had mixed football fortunes in 2015.

With only a few weeks remaining it is clear some are going to have to dig a little deeper into their own wealth while others may just be about to become even wealthier.

Queens Park Rangers were humbled on Sunday by a club whose infinite cash resources still could not bring them absolute success this year. Tony Fernandes owned QPR as well as being relegated out of the English Premier League and losing substantial TV revenues are also looking at a potential fine in excess of £50 million from an alleged rules breach during their previous spell in the lower division.

Fernandes will at least be able to meet up with fellow Malaysian Vincent Tan next season, his Cardiff City having made little progress back towards the lucrative Premier League and he too will need to top up the funds if he wants a return to the top tier.

For Thai Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and Singaporean Peter Lim however the next two weeks could see great returns on their sporting investments.

Leicester City’s Thai owners are only a few points away from retaining their Premier League status, which would be worth countless millions.

The biggest winner though could be Singaporean Peter Lim. His Valencia team stood up to Real Madrid and earned a point to keep them in fourth place in La Liga and with it a place in the Champions League qualifiers, and getting through that would bring in vast revenues.


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