Britain’s richest man is on the brink of taking over a Ligue 1 side 

10 July 2019

Jim Ratcliffe
Photo: Getty Images Jim Ratcliffe, here pictured with sailor Sir Ben Ainslie, is not expected to throw large sums at OGC Nice despite being Britain’s richest man.

Jim Ratcliffe has been negotiating with a Ligue 1 side for several months and a takeover deal is near completion.

Ratcliffe already owns a Swiss football team and is also involved in cycling and sailing. 

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen

Britain’s richest man, Jim Ratcliffe, is now very close to being the owner of French side OGC Nice, according to The Times.

The founder of INEOS has been in talks with the Ligue 1 side for several months. In February the deal appeared to crash as the current owner, Chien Lee, wasn’t satisfied with a £77 million offer.

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