According to Sky Sports, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has refused a chance to buy Premier League club, Liverpool.
The reports suggest that Premier League giants Liverpool was offered to billionaire Bill Gates in an attempt to solve a financial crisis. The former owners of Liverpool Football Club, George Gillett and Tom Hicks have reportedly worked in the background to finalize this offer.
According to Liverpool Echo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was also offered a chance to buy Liverpool in the past. But both these businessmen rejected the opportunity to buy the second most successful club in England.
This news was revealed in court papers from the ongoing legal battle between Mill Financial, former co-owner George Gillett and the Royal Bank of Scotland. The papers also reveal that the approaches were made in 2005 and in 2010.
In 2007, Tom Hicks and Gillett took over as the owners of Liverpool, but couldn’t stay longer. Later in 2010, they sold the club to the current owners, Fenway Sports Group, led by John Henry. The FSG also own the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.
Sir Martin Broughton, Liverpool’s chairman at the time, was asked if “there was at least an attempt to contact Bill Gates and Bob Kraft in the US?”
Broughton replied “correct”. In addition, he also said that this was a part of searching of potential buyers from all over the world.
In 2007, Tom Hicks and Gillett bought the club for a total of £218.9 million and started off the process well. But due to mutual disagreements and some of the protests from the fans, they had to sell the club. On October 15, 2010, they sold the club to John Henry and the Fenway Sports Group for £300 million.
During all these ownership changes, Liverpool were struggling to establish themselves as a world-class team on the pitch. In 2005, they won the Champions League beating Italian side AC Milan in the finals. But since then they haven’t won any major trophy except a League Cup in 2012.
During the 2013-14 season, Liverpool could have won Premier League for the first time, but missed out on that later. Later in 2015, they appointed former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as the manager of the club. Since then they have been performing pretty well in Premier League and is also in the title race this season.