Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, said he will consider buying a football club other than Arsenal if Stan Kroenke refuses to sell his shares to him.
Dangote a fan of Arsenal F.c has been trying to buy the Premier League club for years, but his plans failed as Stan Kroenke refused to sell him his shares in the club.
61 years old Aliko Dangote who is worth $11.1bn said
“I’m very attached to Arsenal but if he won’t sell, I might have to change, I’m very much a fan of football. I’ll like to have a club. I don’t have to own Arsenal.”
“By the time we’ve finished, we’ll be a $30bn company in terms of revenue,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV at the New Economy Forum in Singapore. “We’ll have an excess amount of cash to start playing around with.”
The refinery is scheduled to start producing fuel in early 2020, and Lagos-based Dangote Cement Plc will probably be listed in London around September next year, he told Bloomberg.
Stan Kroenke owns almost all of Arsenal after buying Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s 30 percent stake in August. in a deal which valued the club at about £1.8bn, It was funded with a £557m, two-year loan from Deutsche Bank AG.
71-year-old Kroenke is worth $8bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and also controls the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams.