The perfect football club owner

2/ 9/2008


SHEIKH Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, the man behind the Manchester City takeover, is in many ways the perfect football club owner.

His is renowned for his prowess in global finance, is passionate about sport – and most important of all, his family has access to more billions than he has letters in his name.

Sheikh Mansour is one of the sons of Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan – the late former ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates.

The region’s dynastic system means Zayed bin Sultan’s family continue to hold all the key roles in the Abu Dhabi government.

Sheikh Mansour is himself minister of presidential affairs for the UAE, as well as chairman of the First Gulf Bank.

He is chairman of Al Jazeera Football Club and the Emirates Horse Racing Authority.

Sheikh Mansour – who was born in 1970 and graduated in the United States – is a successful jockey himself, having won several endurance racing tournaments in the Middle East.


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