@InfraRed: Is it now
Today Project Red announced the board that, alongside Chairman George Wilmont, will run the club, which is yet to be named, or even officially confirmed by the Football Association. However, the club’s official Twitter account realised the information today, providing that the financial backing will come from billionaires Mark Zuckerberg, Susanne Klatten, Stefan Quandt, Markus Persson and Evan Sharp. In this article, we will break down each board member to tell you a little about them.
The only female member of the board, Klatten is brother to fellow board member Stefan Quandt. Born in Bad Homburg, Hesse, Germany in 1962, she has a degree in business and finance and has Dresdner Bank, McKinsey and the bank Bankhaus Reuschel & Co. in an impressive list of previous employers. She is the richest woman in Germany, with a reported net worth of $18.5 billion, and due to her riches, often goes under the name Susanne Kart.
Once her parents died, like her brother, she gained holdings in BMW and also brought holdings in various other companies, such as Altana. She currently resides in her home town, and is married to Jan Klatten. She will take up a Managing Director role on the board.
The 50 year old German is one of the primary owners of Wilmont’s project, having earnt his money from what his parents, Herbert and Johanna Quandt left him, along with a stake in car giants BMW. He resides in the city of Frankfurt, and has been seen attending football matches. He attended the University of Karlsruhe where he studied engineering from 1987 to 1993, and lists Boston Consulting Group in Munich and Group of Minneapolis as previous employers, and at the latter he worked as a marketing manager in Hong Kong.
He is married to Katharina Quandt and is reportedly worth $15.9billion, making him the third richest board member.
Sharp is best known for his role in social networking site Pintrest, where he helped set up the San-Francisco based company. The American has also worked for fellow board member Mark Zuckerberg – as a product designer for Facebook.
He was born in York, Pennsylvania and he is reportedly the major shareholder in the club. He studied architecture at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Prior to that, he received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Chicago.
The Swede earnt his money from developing one of the most played games of all time, sandbox game Minecraft, and created the company Mojang in 2010, which was recently bought by tech giants Microsoft. He left the company once the takeover had been completed.
He was born in Stockholm, Sweden to a Swedish father and Finnish mother. He also worked for King.com as a developer until 2009. He is worth a reported $1.9billion.
Probably the most famous member of the club’s board, Zuckerberg is the main face of social media powerhouse Facebook. Worth over $60 billion, he is by far the richest member of the board. He studied at world renowned Harvard University and now resides in Palo Alto, California.
The 32 year old is also the youngest member of the board, and works on a one-dollar salary. He also is known for his charity work, setting up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with his wife to ‘advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research and energy’.