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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams pledge millions to fund Chelsea takeover bid - Reports

  Two of the world's biggest sports stars are committing millions of pounds to one of the bids vying to takeover Chelsea Football C...

 

Two of the world's biggest sports stars are committing millions of pounds to one of the bids vying to takeover Chelsea Football Club, according to reports.

Sky News has reported that seven-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton, as well as tennis icon Serena Williams, have pledged an estimated £10 million each into an offer for the club from a wealthy consortium group led by Sir Martin Broughton.

Broughton is a former chairman of Liverpool and British Airways. Hamilton, who is competing in this weekend's Melbourne Grand Prix, and 23- time major winner Williams have both become established investors in recent years. The two sporting icons are believed to be worth nearly a combined $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth .

Despite Sir Lewis being a well-known Arsenal fan, the F1 legend and Williams have been in talks with the group spearheaded by Broughton for several weeks. A close source to the group believes the two sporting superstars were added to the consortia to buy Chelsea due to their impressive history and experience of building global sports brands.

As of Thursday morning, it is unclear what role the pair will undertake if the bid is ultimately successful. Broughton's group is believed to be heavily funded by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, headed by billionaires Josh Harris and Dave Blitzer. The pair would hold a controlling stake in Chelsea.

Hamilton and Williams have always been huge advocates for diversity in sports and wider society, and one insider claims the pair have been persuaded to join the bid due to their diverse roster of global investors. Final bids are expected to value the club at £2.5 billion.

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