Doncaster girl masterminded Arab takeover of Manchester CitySeptember 3rd, 2008 - 3:19 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept.3 (ANI): A 35-year-old modern languages graduate, and financier, Amanda Staveley, reportedly masterminded the daring takeover of Manchester City by an Arab consortium.
Thirteen years ago, Amanda reportedly rose at 4 a.m. every day to cook and strip the meat from dozens of chickens, and she had little idea that her pre-dawn catering activities would open the door to the glittering world of high finance and the billions of dollars at the disposal of the Arabian Gulf’’s ruling sheikhs.
After persuading a bank manager to lend her 180,000 pounds to set up a restaurant in rural Cambridgeshire, Amanda opened her Stocks eatery close to the British horseracing hub of Newmarket. It became popular among leading members of area’’s equestrian elite.
The patrons of the restaurant, where the proprietor would muck in while also dabbling in her alternative career of dealing in shares worth thousands of pounds, included senior staff from the Godolphin stables owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the most powerful racehorse owner on the planet.
It was the beginning of an association between Amanda, now 35 and a multimillionaire businesswoman, and the Middle East’’s wealthiest figures that reached a spectacular culmination yesterday with the news that English club football had gained a proprietor to outshine the riches of even Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan.
The new owner of Manchester City FC, who is the brother of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the biggest of the United Arab Emirates, and has access to an estimated fortune of 550 billion pounds to fund foreign acquisitions, and his advisers spent two weeks negotiating with the Yorkshire woman before tying up a deal.
It was evidence of the growing status of Amanda Staveley - whose life has waxed and waned from turning down a proposal from Prince Andrew to becoming a non-executive director of a company marketing a cream similar to Viagra - in the testosterone-fuelled world of the Premiership, that she acted as the lynchpin in a sale that has the potential to transform European football.
Although she was acting for City and its previous owner, the former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, it is understood that Amanda s credentials among Middle Eastern royalty were key to the sale being completed. (ANI)
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