How much is Chelsea worth? Hansjorg Wyss’ net worth analysed as billionaire linked with becoming new owner

Hansjorg Wyss has been linked with becoming Chelsea’s new owner and heere

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has come under a lot of scrutiny recently due to his links with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Amid potential sanctions against Abramovich, he released a statement over the weekend revealing he would be handing over ‘stewardship and care’ of Chelsea to the trustees of the club’s charitable foundation.

However, The Telegraph have today reported that the 55-year-old has put Chelsea up for sale with Hansjorg Wyss one potential name to take over.

The Swiss billionaire has since confirmed that the Premier League club have approached him about the possibility of buying from Abramovich - with the Russian reportedly hoping to sell for around £4 billion.

Speaking to Swiss newspaper Blick, Wyss said: “Like all other oligarchs, he [Abramovich] is also in a panic.

“Abramovich is trying to sell all his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly.

“I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.

“I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much. You know, Chelsea owe him £2bn.

“As of today, we don’t know the exact selling price. I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners. But I have to examine the general conditions first. But what I can already say: I’m definitely not doing something like this alone.

“If I buy Chelsea, then with a consortium consisting of six to seven investors.”

Here is all you need to know about Wyss...

Who is Hansjorg Wyss?

Born in Bern, Switzerland in 1935, Hansjorg Wyss attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurch in 1959 and received a master’s degree in civil and structural engineering before going on to earn an MBA from Harvard six years later.

After working in textile engineering across Pakistan, Turkey and the Philippines, Wyss ended up in the steel industry and ran a side business selling planes.

He then met a surgeon who had co-founded Synthes - a medical device manufacturer - and the Swiss went on to found and become president of Synthes USA in 1977.

Wyss sold the company in 2012 for $19.7billion in cash and stock and he now holds stakes in publicly-traded biotech companies NovoCure and Molecular Partners.

The Swiss is described by Forbes as ‘one of the most philantrophic people in the world’, with his charitable foundations having assets of over $2 billion.

He also pledged  $120m to two universities in Zurich and another $1 billion to conservation efforts around the world over a decade.

Away from work, the 86-year-old is last known to live in Wyoming USA.

What is his net worth?

As of March 2022, Wyss is ranked 451 on Forbes’ list of billionaires with a real time net worth of $5.1 billion (£4.3bn).