Who are Maurice Louis-Dreyfus and Simon Vumbaca? The net worth and business interests of Sunderland's new board members

Sunderland have appointed four new members to their board of directors – with some unfamiliar names among them.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 4:00 pm

Juan Sartori, Steve Davison, Maurice Louis-Dreyfus and Simon Vumbaca have all been added to the board as Kyril Louis-Dreyfus continues to ring the changes.

While Davison and Sartori – who returns to the club – are well-known to supporters, the other two new appointments are less familiar faces.

So who are Maurice Louis-Dreyfus and Simon Vumbaca, and what will their roles at Sunderland involve? We take a look:

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Maurice Louis-Dreyfus (left) is one of three new directors at Sunderland
Maurice Louis-Dreyfus (left) is one of three new directors at Sunderland

Who is Maurice Louis-Dreyfus?

The son of Margarita Louis-Dreyfus and the late Robert Louis-Dreyfus, Maurice is Kyril’s twin brother and the pair are known to be close – Kyril’s Instagram feed shows that they often travel together.

While Kyril has turned to football in his business ventures, Maurice has spent time DJing and exploring other avenues.

He is understood to split his time between Zurich and London – but has recently spent time on Wearside alongside his brother.

Does Maurice Louis-Dreyfus have any prior involvement in football?

Similarly to Kyril, Maurice will have had a front-row seat as his family operated Marseille in the French top tier for a very successful period.

It was Kyril who was always known to have been the more football-minded of the two, but Maurice was also a regular attendee at fixtures during the period in which his family owned the club.

He has also frequently attended Sunderland fixtures in recent months.

How much is Maurice Louis-Dreyfus worth?

Maurice’s exact worth is unknown, but the Louis-Dreyfus family as a whole are worth over $6billion as of last year.

It’s also fair to assume that he could have a similar-sized trust fund to Kyril’s – which is estimated to be around $2billion.

However, it remains unclear whether Maurice would be putting-up any capital as part of his involvement in the club.

Who is Simon Vumbaca?

Vumbaca was the only of the quartet of Sunderland's new directors not already known to supporters.

A prominent lawyer based in Knightsbridge, Vumbaca has extensive experience in the sporting world – including with Formula 1, Moto GP and elite athletes.

He is a managing partner of ASV Law and interestingly, reports from Bloomberg in 2018 suggest that Vumbaca and his firm represented Stewart Donald, Charlie Methven and Madrox Partners when they bought the club from Ellis Short.

What will their roles involve?

In the statement announcing the arrival of the quartet, Sunderland announced that their latest board members would ‘support SAFC’s existing executive team in carrying out the club’s long-term strategic objectives on and off the pitch, whilst further strengthening and underpinning the foundations put in place throughout the first part of 2021.’

Who is now on Sunderland’s board?

Maurice Louis-Dreyfus, Vumbaca, Davison and Sartori join Kyril Louis-Dreyfus on the club’s board of directors.

Also named as directors are Patrick Treuer – the chief financial officer of the Louis-Dreyfus Company – and Igor Levin, the family lawyer.

David Jones and Tom Sloanes remain as non-executive directors.

Kristjaan Speakman, as sporting director, also plays a key role in the executive structure.

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