The founder and CEO for King Power Duty Free, Srivaddhanaprabha purchased Leicester City for £39 million ($56.2 million) in 2010 and helped to oversee the team’s remarkable rise from Championship moderates into a top-flight powerhouse now reportedly worth at least £250 million ($360.7 million).
According to a report from The Sun newspaper, Srivaddhanaprabha, who is Thailand’s sixth richest man with assets of around £2 billion ($2.9 billion), was celebrating the “Foxes” famous win on May 2 with a visit to Leicester’s Genting Casino. After a few hours at the card tables, the 58-year-old walked away with £2.5 million ($3.6 million) in cash, which is more than enough to cover his promise to buy the title-winning team’s entire squad cars each worth £32,000 ($46,175).
The lucky entrepreneur launched his duty-free retail empire in a single Bangkok shop in 1989 and has pumped more than £120 million ($173.2 million) into Leicester City since taking control. He has further endeared himself to fans of the East Midlands team by capping tickets for away-day buses at £10 ($14) and celebrating his birthday with free handouts of beer and doughnuts.