Meet the club of billionaire horse racing owners worth over £ 45bn – including the Queen
Horse racing is one of the oldest sports in the world because of its basic premise, where one horse simply beats the others over a set course or distance.
Like most modern forms of entertainment, horse racing is incredibly lucrative with another basic premise: to make money you have to spend money.
The sport is known to host some of the most glamorous events, and owners have to spend huge sums of money running a thriving team and training future winners.
Who are the richest horse racing owners in the world? In the saddle, let’s go for a ride.
Wertheimer Brothers – Â£ 19 billion
Alain and Gerhard Wertheimer own and run the famous French fashion brand Chanel, which allows them to reach a fortune of 19 billion pounds sterling. Their grandfather Pierre Wertheimer founded the company with Gabrielle – in other words Coco – Chanel.
The brothers inherited the business from their father Jacques, as well as a horse racing business. They own La Presle Farm, also known as Wertheimer Farm, in the United States, which is particularly successful, with many winners of the Conditions race coming from this stable.
Their greatest find came from Goldikova, who became the only horse to ever win a Breeders ‘Cup, even three times when she won the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile in three consecutive years between 2008 and 2010.
They were also very successful in 1993, when Kotashaan won the Breeders’ Cup Turf and was subsequently named American Horse of the Year.
The Wertheimer brothers are so well established that after their horse Solo won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at QIPCO British Champions Day in Ascot in October 2015, they celebrated with the Queen.
Sheikh Mohammed – up to Â£ 14 billion
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum owns the Godolphin Stables in Suffolk, one of the largest thoroughbred horse racing and breeding operations in the world.
Sheikh Mohammed has an estimated net worth of between Â£ 3 billion and Â£ 14 billion, and he has recorded more than 5,000 winners worldwide since his team was founded in 1992.
Despite owning over 1,000 horses worldwide, Sheikh Mohammed showed his financial strength when he visited Tattersall’s October Yearling Sale in Newmarket in 2019. He bought the running back. -brother of Group 1 winner Barney Roy for over Â£ 4million, why not?
His son Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, affectionately known as Fazza, enjoys horse racing and regularly posts pictures of himself with stars like Pinatubo when he is not showing his friendships with Cristiano Ronaldo and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Crown Prince of Dubai is the heir to the Godolphin team.
Kirsten Rausing – Â£ 12 billion
Kirsten Rausing breeds horses from her Lanwades Stud farm in Newmarket, and has overseen countless winners at home and abroad throughout her four-decade career.
She is one of Britain’s richest women, with the Sunday Times Rich List 2019 placing her sixth alongside her brother JÃ¶rn with an estimated fortune of Â£ 12.25 billion.
His first stallion was horse Nijinsky Niniski, who sired two-year-old champion Kala Dancer as well as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Petoski in his first generation of foals.
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John Magnier – Â£ 2.5 billion
John Magnier is often called “the boss” because of his reputation in Ireland. He owns Coolmore Stud, a breeding operation in Fethard, which has since reaped many economic benefits from the farm’s success – hence its nickname.
Magnier is said to have a wealth of Â£ 2.5 billion, amassed through a portfolio of businesses including the Barchester Healthcare nursing home group, the Mitchells & Butlers pub group and Luttrellstown Castle, where David and Victoria Beckham have celebrated their glamorous wedding.
Coolmore Stud is itself worth Â£ 4 billion and was created by his ancestors in the 1850s, breeding champions like Sadler’s Wells and Danehill.
JP McManus – Â£ 2 billion
JP McManus was formerly a shareholder of Manchester United, and he is one of Ireland’s elite thoroughbred stallion owners.
He is worth around Â£ 2 billion and owns the famous Jackdaws Castle farm in the Cotswolds, where trainer Jonjo O’Neill works. McManus was very successful at the Cheltenham Festival, with 50 winners including the 2017 Champion Air Drinker Hurdle.
McManus is a businessman, but he certainly enjoys using his financial might. He challenged another businessman to a game of backgammon and won Â£ 15.2million in 2012.
He also spent Â£ 570,000 on Jonbon, a brother of Douvan who won his first 15-length race.
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The Queen – Â£ 350million
The Queen may not have the richness of some of the other names on this list, but she is an established name within the horse racing community.
She has owned horses since 1952 after inheriting the breeding and racing herd from her father, King George VI.
The Queen oversaw nearly 2,000 winners during this time and her horses have won every traditional British race except the Epsom Derby.
She is worth Â£ 350million, but it was reported last year that the Queen had earned Â£ 7.7million from the sport in her lifetime.