Jim Ratcliffe, 66, who made his fortune by founding petrochemicals company Ineos, is thought to have a net wealth of £21billion. Ratcliffe has already made his mark on the sporting scene by agreeing to purchase Team Sky.
However, Ratcliffe, who is a Chelsea season ticket holder, is now exploring the possibility of replacing Roman Abramovich as the club’s owner.
Although, he owns Swiss football outfit Lausanne-Sport, who ply their trade in the top-flight in Switzerland, Ratcliffe is hoping to buy a far bigger club.
A sale to Jim Ratcliffe is some way off, with Abramovich demanding £2.5billion.