The decision was made two months later: Hansjörg Wyss (86) was awarded the contract for Chelsea FC in London. Swiss billionaire consortium About American Entrepreneur Todd Boehle (48) Picked up by New York Mercantile Bank Raine Friday night, Blick learned from multiple sources.
Wyss and Boehly now have to sign the papers. Then the British government still had to agree to the deal because the assets of current owner Roman Abramovich (55) were frozen after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In the UK this is considered a formality.
The deal will go down in the history of the sport. The Swiss-American consortium has to ease more than 3.5 billion pounds (equivalent to 4.3 billion francs) in favor of Chelsea. Never before has such a large amount been spent to have a professional sports team. Wyss and Boehly together are estimated to be worth around $10 billion. The US investment firm Clearlake Capital of California is behind the consortium.
Wyss prevails against more than 15 billionaires
At the beginning of March, Hansjörg Wyss was pulling the rope around Chelsea in one Blick . Interview Involvement. Wyss revealed at the time that Abramovich had been offered the 2021 Champions League winner. “I can imagine joining Chelsea with partners,” Wyss said. That same evening, amidst the media frenzy, Abramovich rushed forward and announced that Chelsea was for sale.
In the past two months, the New York Mercantile Bank has held several talks with the Swiss-American consortium. Meanwhile, more than 15 billionaires and their unions competed. Only three groups made it to the shortlist in April. Today, Friday morning in New York, Handelsbank Raine has decided in Wyss’ favor.
Neither Wyss, Chelsea nor Raine Bank wanted to confirm the deal on Friday night. Blick knows that an official announcement is due this weekend.
This is how the deal went
Born in Bern, he not only made friends with his entry to Blake on the island. For a long time, experts only gave him a few chances as he was looking for a way through for the audience. But behind the scenes, Wyss has always been confident in the success of the Chelsea acquisition.
During difficult negotiations, he allowed his longtime business partner and friend Todd Boehle to shed light. Also because Boehly has already made a name for himself in the sports field as part of the owner of the largest baseball club in the United States, the L.A. Dodgers. The American was the first to show himself to the fans when he attended the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in early April.
Wyss will likely appear at the venerable Stamford Bridge in the future. But he made it clear to Blake a few days ago that he would not be a “permanent guest” in London.
Thread pulling in America
Hansgeorg Weiss (86) is perhaps the world’s most influential Swiss. Born in Bern, he is seen in America as a political mastermind. According to the New York Times, he also played a role in Joe Biden’s election to the White House that should not be underestimated. He hardly speaks in public and is considered a ghost.
Wyss was by no means born with his billions. Wyss grew up in a small three-room apartment in the Weissenstein district of Bern, and became a billionaire. He studied Civil Engineering at ETH Zurich and later at the famous Harvard Business School. In 1977, he bought the Synthes orthopedic company, which turned into a gold mine. In 2012, it sold Wyss Synthes to the US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. Through his Wyss Foundation, he is committed to landscape conservation and species protection.
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