The latest annual Forbes rich list of billionaires around the world has just been released, Bill Gates is No.1 but we are more interested in a certain Mike Ashley at No.308.

The Newcastle United owner is ranked tenth in the UK with a fortune of $5.0bn.

This appears to show a drop from the previous year’s figure of $5.5bn. However, this is more the result of changes in the exchange rate, with this year’s $5.0bn equating to £3.24bn, whilst last year the $5.5bn equalled around £3.3bn.

To us mere mortals it is still telephone figures whichever figure you look at.

There has been an increase in the number of billionaires in the world from 1645 to 1826 in the space of the last twelve months. If any of you out reading this happen to be one of these newbies on the list then feel free to buy Newcastle United….

Below are the top ten richest in the UK, with their world ranking in brackets, according to Forbes, Mike Ashley has been overtaken in the world stakes by a few risers, going down from 256th richest to 308th.

The striking thing though about Ashley in the UK’s richest is that he is only 5o years old, with Philip Green (62) and Gerald Grosvenor (AKA Duke of Westminster 63) the only other two on the list who are under the age of 72 (no ages given for the Hinduja Brothers).

In other words, Mike Ashley has the scope and many years ahead of him to go and increase his wealth many times over, with Newcastle United seemingly still key to supporting all of his other brands with free advertising, plus banking the extra TV riches rather than investing in the playing squad.

Happy days…for some.

Figures are in $billions.

$15.0 Hinduja Brothers (No.63)

$14.0 David & Simon Reuben (No.76)

$12.8 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (No.87)

$7.2bn Charles Cadogan (No.188)

$6.1bn Bruno Schroder  (No.234)

$5.5bn Joe Lewis (No.272)

$5.2bn Philip & Cristina Green (No.293)

$5.2bn David & Frederick Barclay (No.294)

$5.0bn Laurence Graff (No.304)

$5.0bn Mike Ashley (No.306)


  • MikeAshleyLies

    Very interesting point on the age of Ashley.  Whatever you think of the man, he must have incredible business acumen.

  • MikeAshleyLies

    He’s also one of only three self-made billionaire’s on the list.

  • No Brainer

    There’s enough there for a centre back then

  • dont believe the hype

    Just gets better doesn’t it !

  • dont believe the hype

    Why would somebody that wealthy want to be so universally disliked.

  • newcastle7

    Good luck to him and well done.What he needs to do now is put a massive cash injection into the club
    either through sports direct or some other business interest to get round the fair play rules.
    Fifty or sixty million should be enough to get us in the top four.
    Keep the faith.

  • dont believe the hype

    Faith has been all but evaporated in the man, he has an absolute zero interest in our success.

  • He could put in £175 million and still not break the fair play rules for the Premier League:
    £50 million profit.
    £20 million for true value of Sports Direct’s free advertising.
    £105 million allowed as a loss over 3 seasons, provided £90 million comes as a direct payment from the owner.
    So he can currently spend an extra £175 million without breaking Fair Play rules for the Premier League.
    though, Mike Ashley will never be a winner at anything other than the
    contest to produce the highest number in his bank balance.

  • However, if we ever qualified for Europe he could ‘only’ put in £91.8 million before we’d be in breach of Financial Fair Play:
    £50 million profit.
    £20 million for true value of Sports Direct’s free advertising.
    £21.8 million (30 million euros) allowed as a loss over 3 seasons, provided 25 million euros of it comes as a direct payment from the owner.
    Obviously though, Ashley’s not interested in being a winner, and he’s got no ambitions of us ever qualifying for Europe, so UEFA’s limits don’t apply to us, and it’s only the £175 million figure for the Premier League which applies in our case.

  • DownUnderMag

    newcastle7 Actually, he doesn’t need to put in any money, what he NEEDS to do is start running us as a football club rather than a free advertising hoarding.  What he needs to do is pump the money that the CLUB makes back into the club, to look at maximising the long term profit of the club and on field success.  He needs to continue picking up cheap gems from Europe, but spend more on KEEPING them.  This club can be self sufficient, it just needs to be run with more emphasis on the on-field success rather than financial gains for the owner with little put back into the club that generates it!

  • MilitantGeordie

    I’d love to be by his bedside as he draws his final breath to see the horror in his eyes when he realises he can’t take the cash with him and everybody hates his guts. On that day i will crack open a bottle of ‘owld dog’ ( brown ale for those not fluent in Geordie ) and smoke a celebratory cigar on my front step with highway to hell blasting in the background. I just hope we get our club back long before that glorious day.

  • LeazesEnder

    MilitantGeordie He’ll find a way…. preserving his heed in jar of pickled onions like Walt Disney.

  • LeazesEnder

    newcastle7 He just needs to allow the club its OWN revenue streams and allow it to spend its own money but alas…our money is ending up in his personal earnings.

  • MilitantGeordie

    newcastle7 Keep the faith while he keeps Newcastle in permanent debt and trying to survive the drop with the smallest cheapest squad he can get away with? No thanks, i’m not setting foot in St James Park or buying anything from the club untill i’m sure he won’t see a penny of it.

  • LeazesEnder

    dont believe the hype ask his psycho-analysis.

  • LeazesEnder

    MikeAshleyLies Workmanship leaves a lot to be desired, the guy is pure class….Charver!

  • Phildene

    Well said militant Geordie. Totally agree

  • Sickandtiredstill

    newcastle7 Ohhhhhh, you finally agree that SD should be paying NUFC for the advertising or retailing rights…then our commercial revenue will increase and we can spend more under FFP?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Guess someone will be up for sale soon enough, so he gets back to 272nd.

  • Brownale69

    What price would you put on a good name? He could go down in NUFC history and be a legend. Up with our heroes. Instead he will be thought with contempt as a greedy basket who used us as a cash cow.
    Have you billions they will never bring you contentment.

  • 1953

    I’m gonna put my optimistic head on (silly I know).The penny finally drops for MA this summer. He’ll realise he can’t take all his billions to his grave and decides instead to have a bit of fun and romance with his football club because he now knows he can actually spend a boatload of money and it can be a self sustaining entity.He can also see his team playing for a place in Europe and attacking the cups 
    (trip to your home town Mike — Wembley). We all know the top 4 is not on our compass (although it could be) but come on Mike — no more drab footy, exciting days out, still a chance for hero status in the Toon (something worth taking to your grave). And guess what — all for nothing, your billions aren’t touched and you can have some great fun and you get the Geordie nation supporting you.

  • Greggy164

    No Brainer  How are you today No Brain?

    When you were on the 5 day binge you werent hanging with that lad from Sunderland by any chance?

  • No Brainer

    Thats your stance on child abuse!
    No real surprise there my god how sad you are.

  • Greggy164

    Phildene  What are you saying? Do you think newcastle7 is wrong?
    Do you not see Ashley investing £50-60 million?

    Why, after 7/8 years of Ashley, are there still people who think Ashley will come good for them? Its never gonnae happen

  • Greggy164

    MilitantGeordie  Id love for him to come and sit amongst us in Glasgow. I might even loan him a scarf

  • Greggy164

    Brownale69  He could easily be a God in Newcastle and Glasgow

  • DownUnderMag

    Brownale69 exactly, I think we all would forgive him failure even, along with forgiving mistakes, as long as it looked like we were at least trying and that he looked like he was learning from his mistakes.  I’ve always said, things went sour over the Keegangate fiasco, Ashley got his fingers burned on that deal, clearly took the huff with the fans amongst all the protests and decided to just kick back and make a profit off us instead.   

    I find it hard to believe that a club with the crowds we get, the catchment area we have, the relatively high profile for TV and overseas interest we still have…that we can’t compete financially with the majority of the league.  

    Becoming a legend at Rangers is slightly harder given they are used to success…all Ashley had to do here was bring us ONE trophy…just one, be it the FA Cup, Europa league or even the League Cup.  I don’t think he needed to break the bank and fund a huge spending spree either…I just think he needed to run us on what we make as a football club and try and maximise our revenue through advertising, while doing more to keep our better players or at the very least spend the right amount to get in replacements.

  • Brown Bottle

    dont believe the hype ahhh…the Unicorn…Official animal of Scotland