Who is Kyril Louis-Dreyfus? The net worth of the billionaire son who has sealed a Sunderland AFC takeover
Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has purchased a majority stake in Sunderland AFC – but who is he?
Louis-Dreyfus has taken control from Stewart Donald, although he and associates Juan Sartori and Charlie Methven retain small shares.
The 24-year-hold has been at Sunderland’s last three games as a deal move closer – and it has today been confirmed.
And here’s everything you need to know about him…
Who is Kyril Louis-Dreyfus?
Born in 1997, Louis-Dreyfus is the son of Margarita and the late Robert Louis-Dreyfus.
Robert’s family founded the Louis-Dreyfus group in 1851, with the company – based in Switzerland – a global leader in agriculture, food processing, international shipping and finance.
After Robert’s passing in 2009, Margarita took over the running of the company.
It remains unclear how much involvement, if any, Kyril has in the firm.
Do the Louis-Dreyfus family have history in sport?
Yes – the family previously owned French side Marseille before selling the club to former LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt in August 2016.
Robert had purchased the club in 1996 and oversaw a successful period on the field at the Stade Velodrome – with the club twice making it to the UEFA Cup Final.
The family also held a minority share in Belgian side Standard Liege.
Kyril was a regular supporter of Marseille during the period in which his family owned the club, regularly attending games.
How much is Kyril Louis-Dreyfus worth?
The vast wealth of the Louis-Dreyfus family is well-publicised.
Forbes estimated his mother, Margarita, to be worth approximately $5.6billion dollars in August of this year – giving the family some real spending power.
Some reports have suggested that Kyril has a trust fund worth in excess of $2billion.
What do we know about Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover?
The club confirmed today that Louis-Dreyfus has taken a majority shareholding in the club, which will be purchased from Donald.
EFL checks have today been cleared, with Louis-Dreyfus appointed chairman of the club.