The Fenway Sports Group founder & chief and Liverpool principal owner John W Henry has seen his net worth Increase by $800m. His business dealings in 2021 have paid off handsomely. Since the last Forbes rankings back in April 2021, Henry’s fortune has increased from $2.8bn (£2.04bn) to $3.6bn (£2.62bn) in the last seven months.
The significant rise in his net worth over the past 12 months has seen his name in the latest edition of ‘Forbes 400’. Which ranks the wealthiest people in America. Henry at the age of 72 has occupied the number 318 on the list.
When it comes to US owners in sport, Henry is ranked at number 35. with the FSG portfolio also including the NASCAR team Roush Fenway Racing alongside Liverpool and the Red Sox.
Liverpool principle owner John W Henry in Premier League
The significant rise has impacted Liverpool as the Reds are now the 12th most valuable team in the world. In October 2010 The Fenway Sports Group (FSG) led by Henry bought Liverpool from previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
Under his ownership, Liverpool appointed Jurgen Klopp the German manager and Liverpool has enjoyed huge success under him. Winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and the Premier League Title.
Off the pitch, FSG has focussed on improving the infrastructure at the club. They built a new Main Stand and AXA training center. Work is underway to redevelop Anfield stadium’s past 60,000 capacity.
Despite improvements on and off the pitch, Henry and FSG have faced a lot of criticism. Ticket price hikes, enrolling in European Super League have all led to backlash from supporters.
There is also concern regarding the lack of investment in the playing squad since winning the Champions League. The Reds are not active in transfer windows as compared to the other clubs.
With this news today on Henry’s personal wealth. Liverpool supporters will be hoping to see some of this invested in the football club.
Currently, Liverpool’s owner Henry is in 11th place among the premier league’s wealthiest owners. He did not make the top 10 with his own net worth but Liverpool has the second-highest revenues in the Premier League. Only behind Manchester United, having pulled in £490m last season in a pandemic-affected set of accounts.