Tom Brady: NFL legend becomes minority owner of Championship side Birmingham City - net worth explained
NFL icon finally retired from the sport in February after winning seven Super Bowls
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Tom Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion, has become a minority owner of the Championship side Birmingham City after entering into a partnership with the side’s new owners Knighthead Capital Management LLC. The 46-year-old is set to become the chairman of a new advisory board at St Andrew’s.
Brady spent most of his NFL career playing for the New England Patriots, with whom he won six of his seven Super Bowl titles, before moving to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. He is a five-time Super Bowl MVP and holds the record for the most games won by a player in the regular season (251).
Speaking about their new member, Knighthead co-founder Tom Wagner: “Tom Brady joining the Birmingham City team is a statement of intent. We are setting the bar at world class. Tom is both investing (as well as) committing his time and extensive expertise.
“As chair of the advisory board Tom will have a direct impact on the club. The men’s, women’s and academy teams are going to benefit from (his knowledge).
“The goal that Tom has committed to is to make Birmingham City a respected leader in nutrition, health, wellness, and recovery across the world of football.”
The US-based Shelby Companies Limited (SCL), a subsidiary of the new owners Knighthead Capital Management, completed its takeover of Birmingham in July and as part of that deal, SCL became a controlling shareholder of the previously owned Chinese-owned Club.
What has Tom Brady said?
Speaking after the announcement, Brady said: “Birmingham City is an iconic club with so much history and passion, and to be part of the Blues is a real honour for me. BCFC is built on teamwork and determination and I’m excited to work alongside the board, management and players to make our Second City club second to none,
“I’ve been part of some amazing teams in my day, and I’m looking forward to applying my perspective to create that same success here in Birmingham.”
Where is Tom Brady from, and what is up with his complicated love life?
Despite his apparent love for Birmingham City, Tom Brady is not from the UK and doesn't have any clear links to the Midlands.
The star was born in San Mateo, California and his father does have connections to Europe. Thomas Brady Sr is of Irish descent, while his mother has Swedish, Norwegian, German, and Polish ancestry. The American footballer eventually went to the University of Michigan for a dazzling college career that eventually led to his famous 19-year spell at New England Patriots.
Brady has had a complicated love life in the public eye. Between 2004 and 2006 he dated actress Bridget Moynhan, but the two ended their relationship around the time that Moynhan became pregnant with their child.
Reportedly, just weeks after breaking up Brady began dating Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen after going on a blind date set up by pals. The couple married in 2009 at an intimate Catholic ceremony and had two children before divorcing in October 2022.
Bundchen is a prolific model who has appeared on more than 1,200 magazine covers. Towards the end of their marriage, Brady and Bündchen became embroiled in a complicated cryptocurrency court case after a company they represented filed for bankruptcy and both have done remarkable work as Goodwill ambassadors over the years.
Brady is now reported to be dating model Irina Shayk, who has dated Cristiano Ronaldo and Bradley Cooper in the past.
What is Tom Brady’s net worth?
Tom Brady has earned his many millions thanks to his illustrious sports career and huge brand deals. In May 2023, Forbes reported that Brady has a huge net worth of £35.6 million.
The site also ranked the NFL star in the top 50 highest-paid athletes this year, despite confirming his retirement in February of this year.
When does Birmingham City play next?
Birmingham City finished 17th in the Championship last season and will begin their 2023/24 campaign with an away trip to Swansea on Saturday 5 August.