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Football Fanatic Builds $1 Billion Bet Against Game’s Mega Rich

  • US investor John Textor now owns clubs from London to Rio
  • Textor sees multiclub model as antidote to big money ownership
John Textor prior to the match between Botafogo and Fluminense during Brasileirao 2022 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 26.
John Textor prior to the match between Botafogo and Fluminense during Brasileirao 2022 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 26.Photographer: Wagner Meier/Getty Images

John Textor has taken just 12 months to go from fanatical football fan, watching hundreds of games a year, to one of the sport’s biggest investors.

He’s acquired stakes in teams from London to Rio de Janeiro, building a football empire like a business to cast himself against the game’s mega rich elite. It’s a second act for Textor, who forged his reputation and wealth over decades as an investor in disruptive digital technologies.