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Ellis Short

Ellis Short
Born (1960-10-06) 6 October 1960 (age 53)
Independence, Missouri, United States
Residence Dallas, Texas, The United States
Occupation Private Equity and Football Team Owner
Net worth Increase$2 bn [1]
Spouse(s) Eve Short

Ellis Short (born October 6, 1960, in Independence, Missouri)[2] is a Dallas-based American businessman and the current owner and chairman of the English Premier League club Sunderland AFC[3]

Biography

Born in Independence, Missouri, Ellis Short is an American Businessman who grew up in Missouri.

Lone Star Funds

Short began his career at General Electric, before teaming up with business partner John Grayken at Lone Star Funds, a private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas. Short was the senior executive who ran the Asian operations.

In 2003, Short masterminded the takeover of the Korea Exchange Bank of South Korea. This subsequently resulted in him being subject of an arrest warrant, which was later dropped. He subsequently retired from Lone Star.

Short's current wealth is said to be around $2.05 billion.

Skibo Castle

In 2003, Short bought Skibo Castle for £23 million, which operates as a members-only hotel and country club in Scotland. The castle is famous for hosting Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.

Sunderland A.F.C.

In September, 2008, Short bought a 30% stake in the English Premier League football team Sunderland A.F.C., becoming the majority shareholder at that club with the Irish Drumaville Consortium.[4]

On 22 December 2008 The Daily Telegraph reported that Short was poised to become the new owner of Sunderland, ready to complete a deal with the eight-man Drumaville Consortium for their remaining shares in the club.

Short's purchase of the club made Sunderland the fourth in the Premiership to have American owners, alongside Aston Villa, Manchester United and Liverpool. It was revealed on 21 February 2009 that his controlling interest in Sunderland played a role in the departure of Roy Keane from the club.[5] On the 27th May 2009 Ellis assumed 100% control of the club.[3][6] Short sacked Steve Bruce on 30 November 2011 after a poor run of results, which Short labelled 'not good enough'.[7] Nine days later, Martin O'Neill was appointed Bruce's successor. O'Neill himself was succeeded by controversial Italian ex-footballer Paolo Di Canio in 2013.[8] Di Canio, in turn, was dismissed in September 2013 after a poor start to the Premier League season.[9]

Personal life

He is an intensely private person who rarely speaks to media or grants interviews. He has lived in London for 14 years and has a house on the grounds of the K Club in County Kildare.[1]

References

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