With over a month passing since Roman Abramovich announced that he would be putting Chelsea up for sale, the club are yet to decide on the Russian’s replacement.
While the Blues have been heavily linked with the likes of the Ricketts family, Nick Candy and a Saudi Media Group, one name that has been making headlines today is Bob Iger.
The US businessman hasn’t offered to buy the football club, but has instead been approached by Steve Pagliuca to back his bid.
Sky News reported that the Boston Celtics owner has been in talks with a string of potential co-investors ahead of Monday’s deadline for final bids, one of which includes Iger.
It is unclear whether he is likely to join Pagliuca in his attempt to purchase Chelsea, however if it does happen then it would add one of the most prominent names in America’s entertainment industry to the list of potential new owners.
Who is Bob Iger?
Bob Iger is the former chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, serving as president from 2000-2021 and CEO from 2005-2020.
The 71-year-old oversaw the acquisition of Pixar in 2006 and also led the company to buy Marvel ENtertainment, Lucas Film and 21st Century Fox.
In 2020, he became a director of massively-funded dairy-replacement startup Perfect Day, and also joined the board of American avatar technology company Genies, Inc. last month.
In December 2019, Iger was named by Time as their Businessperson of the Year. In 2020, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
What is Bob Iger’s net worth?
According to Forbes, Iger’s estimated net worth was about $690 million as of 2019.
In 2020, Disney announced all of its top executives would take a salary cut for the inevitable economic impact of the pandemic, with Iger forgoing his entire salary for the year.
He made $47.5 million in total compensation the previous year.