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Who is Dan Friedkin? US billionaire who now wants to take over Everton

AS Roma President Dan Friedkin poses with trophy after the UEFA Conference League final match between AS Roma and Feyenoord at Arena Kombetare on May 25, 2022 in Tirana, Albania.
-Credit: (Image: Photo by Fabio Rossi/AS Roma via Getty Images)


Another jockey has entered the race for control of Everton as current owner Farhad Moshiri looks to complete a new deal following the collapsed agreement with US group 777 Partners.

The investment platform failed to hit a key deadline in its shared purchase agreement with Moshiri last weekend after a sudden and rapid spiral saw them being accused of a complex "pattern of fraud" of hundreds of millions of pounds in a civil court case in New York.

London-based lender Leadenhall Capital led the claims that 777 Partners misled lenders by securing huge loans against assets already pledged in other agreements, leading to the complete collapse of the Everton deal, which in turn has meant a whole host of parties have shown interest in jumping in their seat while it's still warm.

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One of those is understood to be led by a pair of Blues supporters and successful businessmen George Downing and Andy Bell, whom have the backing from US tech giant Michael Dell, owner of Dell Technologies, with the Texan billionaire's net worth standing at an estimated £84billion.

However, another party that is said to hold interest is that of another Texan billionaire in the form of Dan Friedkin, who is the president and owner of Serie A giants Roma, for whom he paid £591million in 2020 for 96% of the club. Friedkin also owns Gulf States Toyota, a company based out of Houston that holds exclusive rights to distribute Toyota vehicles in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

His company's hold in the car industry in those states led to sales worth $9.1billion (£7.1billion) of Toyotas in 2022, which saw his personal net worth skyrocket. In 2020, Forbes estimated the 59-year-old's net worth to be $3.3billion (£2.5billion), but that has seen steady growth year-on-year since then leading to their 2024 estimation of double that - a $6.4billion (£5billion) net worth.

That growth has partly come from his film production studio producing Martin Scorsese's critically-acclaimed epic "Killers Of The Flower Moon" last year on top of Friedkin's luxury hospitality management firm Auberge Resorts, which has properties in Aspen, Colorado and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, as well as Costa Rica, Europe, the Caribbean, and Fiji.

Friedkin also owns the Friedkin Conservation Fund, a company that conducts research and monitoring in order to protect millions of acres of endangered wildlife areas and stimulate community development in East Africa and help to promote effective wildlife management decisions and long-term sustainability of wildlife and their wilderness, with his family leasing 3.2 million acres of land for protected wildlife areas across Tanzania.