LIVERPOOL FOR SALE! Club owner John Henry refutes claims

Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry remains “fully committed to the success” of the club despite claims it has been put up for sale.

Reports emerged that Fenway Sports Group are searching for interested parties, with investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley assisting the process.

In a statement, FSG said it would accept new shareholders, but they would not be drawn on whether Liverpool is for sale.

Who owns Liverpool?

Fenway Sports Group (FSG) purchased Liverpool in October 2010 from Tom Hicks and George Gillett. The company takes its name from Fenway Park, the home of the baseball team Boston Red Sox, which FSG own.

Key people in the FSG group are principal owner John W. Henry, chairman Tom Werner, president Michael Gordon, vice chairman David Ginsberg and investor LeBron James.

What is John Henry’s net worth?

John W. Henry ‘s net worth is estimated to be $4bn, according to Forbes.

The businessman acquired his fortune in the early 1980s from his trading firm J.W. Henry & Co. Using this money, he started to build his sports empire by purchasing the Tuscan Toros of the Pacific Coast League, a Minor League Baseball team, in 1989.

He then bought basketball teams Miami Heat and the New Jersey Nets, before purchasing a small interest in the New York Yankees in 1991.

In 1999, Mr Henry bought the Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins) for a reported $158m. He sold the Marlins and purchased the Boston Red Sox with two partners – one being Tom Werner.

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In 2001, Mr Henry and Mr Werner launched New England Sports Ventures, now known as Fenway Sports Group. FSG owns Liverpool FC, the Boston Red Sox, 80% of the New England Sports Network, Fenway Park, Fenway Sports Management, real estate and majority stakes in Pittsburgh Penguins and Nascar’s Roush Fenway Racing.

In 2013, Mr Henry purchased the Boston Globe newspaper for $70million. Forbes estimates that since 2013, Mr Henry’s wealth has grown by $2.5bn.

How much did John Henry buy Liverpool for?

FSG, then New England Sports Ventures, bought Liverpool for £300million in 2010. Forbes now value Liverpool at around £3.5bn.

FSG’s statement on Liverpool sale rumours

In a statement, Liverpool said: “There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumours of changes in ownership at EPL clubs and inevitably we are asked regularly about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool.

“FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club.

“FSG remains fully committed to the success of Liverpool, both on and off the pitch.”