Football is not a cheap sport and some of the richest people in the world have invested time and money in the game.
Owning a football club is not easy and with it comes a ton of responsibilities that can only be handled by a select few. Especially in the Premier League, the biggest league in the world, the scrutiny is high and the spotlight is always on.
Some of the biggest teams in the world play in the Premier League, and the owners of their respective clubs enjoy mixed relationships with their fans.
On that note, here are the richest owners in the Premier League ranked in the increasing order of their net worth.
#20 Alan Pace (Burnley) - not confirmed
The Premier League's newest owner, Alan Pace took over at Burnley last December. The Clarets have been thrifty spenders in the transfer market, but Pace's arrival could very well change that this summer.
#19 Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Sheffield United) - £198 million
Sheffield United will play in the Championship next season after a poor showing in the Premier League this time around. Fan-favorite Chris Wilder was sacked in March and the first port of call will be to replace him.
Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and KV Oostende boss Alexander Blessin have been linked with the role.
#18 Andrea Radrizzani (Leeds United)- £450 million
Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United have been one of the most entertaining sides in the Premier League this season and have been backed well by Andrea Radrizzani.
The club did not shirk away from spending money last summer, signing the likes of Rodrigo Moreno, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch, among others. They are currently 10th in the Premier League table.
#17 Tony Bloom (Brighton & Hove Albion) - £1.3 billion
An excellently run club, Brighton & Hove Albion are unlucky to be where they are in the Premier League table.
The Seagulls are 16th, but their performances merit a higher position and they clearly have an eye for talent identification. Bloom, a sports bettor, also owns Belgian second division side Union SG.
#16 David Sullivan and David Gold (West Ham United) - £1.56 billion
David Sullivan and David Gold have not always endeared themselves to the West Ham United fans, but the Hammers have been the surprise package of the 2020-21 Premier League season.
There has been criticism aimed at Gold and Sullivan and West Ham United fans have often been vocal against them. The two men previously owned Birmingham City.
#15 Farhad Moshiri (Everton) - £1.9 billion
A British-Iranian businessman, Farhad Moshiri's company owned shares in Arsenal. However, he sold them in 2016 to fund a move to buy Everton.
His arrival has seen Everton become heavy spenders in the transfer market. The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti in 2019 is indicative of the project Everton are building.
#14 Lai Guochuan (West Bromwich Albion) - £2.2 billion
Lai Guochuan bought West Bromwich Albion in 2016 and under his ownership, the Baggies have been relegated to the Championship and promoted to the Premier League in quick succession.
Right now, West Brom are involved in a relegation fight under the management of Sam Allardyce.
#13 John W Henry and Tom Werner (Liverpool) - £2.6 billion
John W. Henry's spell as Liverpool owner has been a mixed bag, to say the least. The club won the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League under the management of Jurgen Klopp and gained plaudits for their transfer market strategy.
However, Liverpool's involvement in the European Super League has raised eyebrows. Henry also owns the American baseball team Boston Red Sox.
#12 Mike Ashley (Newcastle United) - £2.6 billion
Mike Ashley's relationship with Newcastle United fans is non-existent, to say the least. There have been heavy reports in recent years that Ashley would be open to selling the club, and Newcastle United fans would be more than happy for a fresh start.
#11 Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and family (Leicester City) - £2.96 billion
Leicester City have become a stable top-ten side in the Premier League and much of it is down to the Srivaddhanaprabha family.
Under the ownership of Aiyawatt's father, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Foxes won the Premier League title in 2016, as they defied the odds on their way to a historic triumph.
Since Vichai's passing, in recent years, Leicester City have become a good Premier League side with a strong recruitment team whose players are wanted by some of the biggest clubs in the world.
#10 Gao Jisheng (Southampton) - £3.1 billion
Southampton have an exciting manager in Ralph Hasenhuttl, but their squad needs a lot of work if they intend to improve in the coming seasons.
The Saints' academy, which has produced the likes of Gareth Bale and Luke Shaw, has dried up in recent years. Southampton need to invest in the summer to make sure they can compete in the 2021-22 campaign.
#9 Joshua Harris (Crystal Palace) - £3.42 billion
Crystal Palace have done fairly well under the management of Roy Hodgson, but there have been suggestions that the 73-year-old could depart in the summer.
For a long time, their most valuable asset was Wilfried Zaha, but the signing of talented midfielder Eberechi Eze could change that. There is a need for the Eagles to refresh their squad, and the arrival of Eze and forward Jean-Philippe Mateta is a step in the right direction.
#8 The Glazers (Manchester United)- £3.8 billion
The Glazer family and Manchester United fans enjoy a frosty relationship. The aftermath of the fiasco that was the European Super League has seen Manchester United fans turn up the heat on the club's owners.
Manchester United fans want the Glazers to sell the club and have been vocal in their protests in recent days.
#7 Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis (Tottenham Hotspur) - £3.98 billion
Daniel Levy is renowned for his shrewd operations. The chairman of Tottenham Hotspur has held his post since 2001 and has a mixed reputation in north London.
Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a good run under manager Mauricio Pochettino, but the Lilywhites recently sacked Jose Mourinho after a poor run of form. Former midfielder Ryan Mason is currently the club's interim manager
#6 Guo Guanghang (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - £4.41 billion
Wolverhampton Wanderers have impressed since their promotion to the Premier League. This season, though, they have struggled due to injuries and poor form.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been backed in the transfer market, but a small squad has meant that injuries to key players has caused problems in recent months. Wolves will need to bulk up their squad in the summer to progress further under the Portuguese tactician.
#5 Nassef Sawiris (Aston Villa) - £5.39 billion
Aston Villa were heavy spenders last summer, signing the likes of Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash, among others. Dean Smith's side also managed to tie down talismanic skipper Jack Grealish to a new long-term contract
Aston Villa enjoyed a good start to the season but have drifted off in recent months. Grealish's absence due to injury has played a major role in their struggles, but the Villains have enjoyed a successful season so far after narrowly avoiding relegation last season.
#4 Shahid Khan (Fulham) - £5.93 billion
Fulham need a miracle to stay in the Premier League next season despite producing some good performances under the management of Scott Parker.
Shahid Khan also owns Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League and is the co-owner of All Elite Wrestling. His son Tony Khan is an active presence on social media and has played a key role in Fulham's transfer business.
#3 Stan Kroenke (Arsenal) - £6.31 billion
Like the Glazers and Manchester United, Stan Kroenke and Arsenal fans do not enjoy a good relationship.
There have been calls from Arsenal fans to sell the club, with Kroenke's lack of communication often criticized by several notable figures. He owns many sports teams in various leagues.
#2 Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) - £9.65 billion
Chelsea fans have not had a lot of complaints about Roman Abramovich, who has done a good job since taking over at Chelsea in 2003.
There has been a constant stream of trophies, even if there has been criticism aimed at how the club sacks managers. Chelsea fans will not complain though; 16 trophies since 2003 is a solid return for a club that wasn't used to winning trophies before his arrival.
#1 Sheikh Mansour (Manchester City) - £15.19 billion
Sheikh Mansour became the owner of Manchester City in 2008 and the club has not looked back since. They have become one of the biggest clubs in the world and have consistently managed to sign the best players around, while they've also developed a habit of winning trophies.