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Usmanov nets more Arsenal shares
Alisher Usmanov
Mr Usmanov bought an initial holding in August last year
An investment firm co-owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has revealed it has increased its stake in Arsenal football club to 24%.

Red and White Holdings previously had about 23% of the club's shares and has been reported to have a goal of owning at least 25%.

Mr Usmanov is a metals magnate with an estimated $5.5bn fortune.

He bought into Arsenal in August last year, paying former vice-chairman David Dein about 75m for his 14.65% holding.

Mr Dein is now chairman of the consortium.

If the stake was to reach 30%, Red and White would have to launch a formal takeover approach.

Late last year, after announcing strong results, the Arsenal board said there was no need for a wealthy individual backer, and insisted that it was not about to sell up.

Arsenal director Daniel Fiszman is still the largest stakeholder in Arsenal, with 24.11% of the Gunners' shares.



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