In the UK, football is the number one sport for millionaires both to play and watch
The sports that millionaires love to play, watch and the football clubs they support have been revealed by leading wealth consultancy company WealthInsight. The research shows that football is the number one sport among millionaires globally, followed by golf, skiing & winter sports, sailing and equestrian pursuits.
The Top Five most popular football clubs among the global ‘prawn sandwich brigade’ are all English Premier League Clubs: Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Football is also millionaires’ favoured sport to watch and play within the UK – with golf (2), skiing and winter sports (3), sailing (4) and equestrian activities (5) following, matching the global pattern. Cricket is at six while polo – a favourite of Princes William and Harry – only makes number eighteen.
Commenting on the findings, Oliver Williams of WealthInsight said: “It’s hugely symbolic of the rise of the nouveau riche that football, once considered a sport for the working class, is now the most favoured pursuit of the wealthy. The Premier League also dominates the most supported football clubs in the world which underlines the league’s global dominance.”
“While the mainstays of the British aristocracy remain in the top ten – equestrian, sailing and polo – they have recently followed football in becoming dominated by foreign wealth. Horse races are now won by Emiratis and Qataris, while sailing is now less about winning races than building gargantuan superyachts.”
Meanwhile in the US, golf was the ultimate sport for millionaires, followed by American football (2), skiing & winter sports (3), basketball (4), water sports (5) and baseball (6).
Dance, tennis and cardio exercise/’Keep Fit’ featured in the Top 10 for female millionaires globally but not for men, while male millionaires rated car racing, hunting, fishing and basketball much higher than their female counterparts.
Football was also the top sport for billionaires globally.