Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams would contribute a millionaire sum to buy Chelsea

Serena Williams and Lewis Hamilton would join the purchase of Chelsea

After being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid and far from the fight for the Premier League title, the fans of the Chelsea they hope that Thomas Tuchel’s team can win the FA Cup title. But another news that awaits is to know who will be the new owner of the club after the departure of the Russian Roman Abramovich after the sanctions imposed by the British government on the Russian tycoon for his ties to Vladimir Putin in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In the last hours, a novelty generated an impact in the world of sports in England. according to the chain Sky Sports, Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams would have committed to contribute 20 million pounds to the candidacy of Martin Broughtonthe favorite to stay with the London club, and former president of Liverpool and British Airways.

The British outlet indicated that sources close to the group said that both the seven-time Formula 1 champion driver and the most successful tennis player in Grand Slam tournaments in history, are the highest-profile members of any of the three remaining consortiums that They bet on staying with Chelsea.

Both would have promised to add an estimated 10 million each for the offer and that his inclusion was an investment decision due to his experience in building global sports brands and after being in talks with the group led by Broughton for several weeks.

A postcard of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea's stadium (Reuters)
A postcard of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s stadium (Reuters)

It should be noted that beyond his glorious sports careers, which in the case of the Mercedes driver is still active in the highest category of motorsports, both became investors with their own projects in recent times.

In the case of the youngest of the Williams sisters, who won 23 Grand Slam tournaments, she created Serena Ventures, a venture capital fund that this week announced an investment in Opensponsorship, a new sports technology company based in Great Britain. For her part, Hamilton backed a variety of early-stage companies such as Zapp, a London-based quick-delivery house of healthy groceries.

As confirmed by the English chain, the diversity in the list of global investors was one of the factors that persuaded Hamilton and Williams to get involved in this new project. In the event of winning the bid to manage Chelsea, a source said it is likely Hamilton to play a formal role in the London club’s future efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion if the offer is successful.

The consortium whose visible face is Martin Broughton is exclusively British-led and has another UK sporting icon among its sponsors: the Olympic legend sebastian coethe two-time gold medal winner in the 1500-meter track and field event at Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984.

On March 12, the Premier League announced Abramovich's dismissal as Chelsea's starter (REUTERS / Peter Nicholls)
On March 12, the Premier League announced Abramovich’s dismissal as Chelsea’s starter (REUTERS / Peter Nicholls)

In addition to the landing of Hamilton and Williams, the Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) holding company, headed by US private equity billionaires Josh Harris and Dave Blitzer, would have a majority stake in the future purchase of the Bluesbut first they must get rid of their small fraction of shares in Crystal Palace, a team that also plays in the Premier League.

The other investors in the led group are the Rogers family from Canada, who leads the telecommunications company that bears his name; John Arnold, who chaired the bid committee for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Houston; and the Tsai family from Taiwan, which owns the Taipei Fubon Braves and Fubon Guardians baseball teams.

It should be noted that although Broughton’s offer would be the best positioned, there are two other offers that are still in competition. One is led by Todd Boehleyco-owner of the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, and Steve Pagliucaowner of shares in the Boston Celtics of the NBA and in the Atalanta club of Italian soccer Serie A.

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