The Mike Ashley Forbes valuation, sees the Newcastle United owner ranked 256th in the world, one of only 47 Billionaires in the UK.

Each year Forbes produce their World rich list which is compiled using all available data, the latest list has just been released and the Ashley fortune is valued at $5.5bn (approx £3.3bn).

mike ashley forbesTo put it into context, the richest in the UK is the Duke of Westminster with a $13bn (around £7.7bn) fortune, not that much over twice what Ashley’s rapidly rising riches are.

According to the Forbes information, there are a total of 1645 Billionaires worldwide, with a growing number of women, 172 at the last count.

Bill Gates sits at the top with a current valuation of $76bn (around £45bn).

With Ashley’s ever growing and successful business empire, Newcastle fans are left wondering just what would be possible if the United owner saw any reason to try and make the club a success.

As ever though we know our place, not the most important part of Ashley’s empire but one that brings him more headlines/publicity and free advertising than the rest put together.

What value can you put on that?