Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani is the son of Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, a former Qatari prime minister. Sheikh Jassim, who claims to be a lifelong supporter of Manchester United, is also a member of the Qatari royal family. According to estimates made by Forbes magazine, Sheikh Jassim has a net worth of $1.3bn.
As it is expected, the royal family of Qatar has no shortage of money. According to Manchester Evening News, it is claimed that a part of Qatar’s ruling family has a collective net worth estimated to be around $335 billion. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is the head of the royal family, is estimated to be worth around $2 billion just on his own.
Sheikh Jassim is the chairman of Qatar Islamic Bank. As reported by ESPN, the Qatar Islamic Bank’s assets are estimated at more than $48 billion.
Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani officially confirmed his bid to buy Manchester United
In a detailed statement released by Sheikh Jassim, he revealed his submission of a bid to buy Premier League club Manchester United
“Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani today confirmed his submission of a bid for 100% of Manchester United Football Club,” the statement read.
“The bid plans to return the club to its former glories both on and off the pitch, and — above all — will seek to place the fans at the heart of Manchester United Football club once more.
“The bid will be completely debt free via Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation, which will look to invest in the football teams, the training center, the stadium, and wider infrastructure, the fan experience, and the communities the club supports.
“The vision of the bid is for Manchester United Football Club to be renowned for footballing excellence, and regarded as the greatest football club in the world.
“More details of the bid will be released, when appropriate, if and when the bid process develops.”
Along with Sheikh Jassim, however, British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe has also submitted his bid to buy United. Ratcliffe is the chairman and CEO of the chemical company INEOS.
The Glazers have owned the Manchester club since 2005 and have seen a few of the glory years of the club. However, they have faced widespread supporter unrest for a while now. The Glazers revealed in November 2022 their intention to sell the club and invited suitors.