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21st Apr 2022

Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams to invest in Chelsea takeover bid

Callum Boyle

They will reportedly invest in the consortium led by Sir Martin Broughton

Serena Williams and Sir Lewis Hamilton will commit to investing in one of the bids to become the new owners of Chelsea Football Club.

As revealed by Sky Newsthe sporting duo have been unveiled on the list of investors backing the takeover bid led by Sir Martin Broughton, the former chairman of Liverpool and British Airways, with Williams and Hamilton the two most prominent.

The pair are expected to pledge significant funds

Serena Williams Lewis Hamilton Chelsea

Reports have suggested that the tennis and Formula One stars have pledged to invest £10m each as the pair have become established investors in recent years.

The pair’s involvement in the bid led by Broughton has come as a surprise – in particular seven-time world champion Hamilton’s involvement, who has previously identified as an Arsenal fan.

Williams and Hamilton’s involvement was also described as a serious investment decision, especially given the sporting pedigree both stars have. Alongside the duo in the UK-backed consortium is a former sporting icon in the name of Lord Sebastian Coe.

This isn’t the first time sports stars have pledged to invest in Premier League clubs either. NBA star LeBron James has been a shareholder at Liverpool for almost a decade.

Hamilton and Williams would want to have a hands-on approach

Serena Williams Lewis Hamilton Chelsea

Should the bid be successful, it has been reported that Hamilton would like to have a hands-on approach in helping the club’s efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

The 37-year-old and Williams have both been huge advocates in helping to promote equality and have been the faces of numerous initiatives to spread awareness.

Although the deadline for final offers to submit bids for Chelsea was last week, several names have been touted as being connected with the three respective bids, with all three bidders told that they must provide legal undertakings in which they will guarantee at least £1bn of investment in the club’s infrastructure, its academy and women’s team.

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