Brighton boss Bloom in Football Rich List

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Brighton’s owner Tony Bloom is number 61 in the Football Rich List according to a leading football magazine.

FourFourTwo has revealed its latest line-up and the Albion supremo is above the likes of Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs as well as a host of other chairman.

The magazine says puts his cash pile at around £50million and highlights the £80m plus he has already invested in the club.

Bloom took over in 2009 and became the club’s majority shareholder with a 75.61 per cent stake.

One of Britain’s top poker players, Bloom’s interest in gambling started at the age of seven when he lost his pocket money on fruit machines. He later made his real money by launching online-gaming firm Premierbet in 2002. It was taken over in 2005 and Bloom moved into property development in Brighton.

His main company Blue Lizard Consulting showed £5.4m net assets in 2009-10. In all four of his companies have £10m net assets.

FourFourTwo admitted it “cautiously” valued Bloom at around £50m because “any return on the Seagulls investment will depend on the club making it to the top flight.”