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Mesut Ozil Looks Beyond Soccer With Move Into Venture Capital

  • Class 5 Global focuses on online ventures in emerging markets
  • Ozil has invested in firm with $100 million under management
Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

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Soccer star Mesut Ozil is forging a new career in finance, joining San Francisco-based venture capital fund Class 5 Global as a strategic adviser.

The Arsenal midfielder joins a growing list of sports stars who have transferred their tactical skills on the field to the world of startup investments, from David Beckham to Serena Williams, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.