ISL Team Owners – Indian Super League is the premier football league of the country. The tournament kicked off 6 years back. The event is held every year and has grown from an 8 team tournament in 2014 to an 11 team competition in 2020. Even the schedule of the ISL grew from 3 months to 6 months.
Often considered as the IPL of football, it is surely the most celebrated football cup of this nation. In the first 3 years of its inception, the Indian Super League was not granted recognition by the Asian Football Confederation. However, now the AFC fully recognizes the ISL. Asian Football Confederation is amongst the 6 premier institutes of FIFA. It is one of the governing bodies of football in the continent of Asia and Australia.
ATK Mohun Bagan, the franchise from the city of joy, is the most successful football league of the league. The erstwhile Atlético de Kolkata has recently merged with Mohun Bagan which has always been the biggest name in the game. This franchise has been successful amongst all other teams and has lifted the cup on 3 occasions. The owner of the coveted franchise is the head of RP-Sanjeev Goenka group, Sanjeev Goenka. The net worth of Sanjeev Goenka is approximately 1.8 billion USD.
Bengaluru FC is one of the most popular franchises of the tournament. The highlight of the team is that it owns the current captain of the national football team. This club is based in Bengaluru. The owner of this team is the JSW group having a net worth of 11 billion USD.
This football club is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The club having 2 title wins is the second-best franchise in the tournament. The ownership of the team is shared by Vita Dani, wife of Jalaj Dani, one of the co-owners of Asian paints and cousin of Mukesh Ambani and has a net worth of 5.6 billion USD. Abhishek Bachchan the second owner of this franchise has a net worth of 30 million USD. Whereas the much loved and respected MS Dhoni, the former Indian cricket star has a net worth of 111 million USD.
The football club Goa is a franchise based in Goa which had a fair run in the league. It has been runners up on 2 occasions in 2015 and 2018-19 season. The team has performed exceptionally good in the league stages too. The team is owned jointly by Jaydev Mody and Virat Kohli. Jaydev Mody is the first owner of the team. He is the chairman of Delta Corp, the parent company which owns Deltin, the 5-star hotel chains. His net worth is 800 crore INR. The second owner is Virat Kohli, the current Indian skipper having a net worth of 125 million USD.
Hyderabad Football club is football franchise based in Hyderabad, Telangana. The team has not faired very well in the tournament, however, it has given the other teams a tough run for their money. Vijay Madduri and Varun Tipuraneni are the co-founders of Incessant technologies which is a Hyderabad based IT company. The company has an annual revenue above 110 million USD. The other owner, Rana Daggubati is a famous Tollywood actor with a net worth of 6 million USD.
Amidst all the dazzle and glitz, the most non-glamorous team of the Indian Super League is Jamshedpur Football Club. The team is based in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. The club has not performed as per expectations but it is a force to reckon with. The owner of the team is probably the biggest name in the Indian industry, the Tata Steel. Tata Steel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tata group has total assets worth a whopping 35 billion USD.
The Kerala Blasters Football Club is based in Kochi, Kerala. The football league has not won the tournament, however, the team has been runners up on 2 occasions in 2014 and 2016. The football league has lost the finals on both occasions against the same team Atlético de Kolkata making it a record in itself. The team has a market value of approximately 540 million INR. The co-owner Sachin Tendulkar after whom the team is named has a net worth of around 170 million USD.
This football club hails from the City of Dreams. The Mumbai City Football Club participates in the Indian Super League. The team has never featured in the top rankings, however, it is one of the most glamorous teams in the league as it is from Mumbai. It has one of the most talented players in the league. Mumbai City FC is jointly owned by Bimal Parekh and Indian Movie actor Ranbir Kapoor. The celebrated actor has a net worth in excess of INR 300 crores approximately. Bimal Parekh on the other hand is a reputed Chartered accountant from Mumbai who manages the personal finances of several A-listed celebrities. His net worth is around 12 million USD.
North East United FC is a football league based in Guwahati, Assam. The team has serious expectations being from the land of football lovers. It is the only team which is not owned by any professional club. The club has never qualified for the finals of the tournament. North East United FC is owned by the Bollywood actor John Abraham. His present net worth is to the tune of 34 million USD approximately.
Odisha Football Club was formed in 2014 as Delhi Dynamos and was rebased to Bhubaneshwar, Odisha in August 2019. Delhi Dynamos had a praiseworthy performance in the league. The club was a semi-finalist in 2 consecutive years, 2015 and 2016 securing 4th and 3rd position respectively. The team was owned by DEN networks initially however it has made a deal with GMS in March 2016 to sell its stake in the team. GMS inc. enjoys a 100% ownership in the league with a net worth of 1.86 billion USD.
Another team from the ‘City of Joy’ is Sporting Club East Bengal Football Club. It is based in Kolkata, West Bengal. The team has a past rivalry against Mohun Bagan, since generations. The owner of this franchise is Hari Mohun Bangur of Shree Cements. The net worth of Mohun Bangur is approximately 645 crores USD.