Who is Daniel Ek? Billionaire Spotify co-founder ‘interested in buying Arsenal with Thierry Henry’

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Arsenal may have a potential buyer amid strong fan protests against Stan Kroenke and KSI (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment).

The Telegraph are reporting that Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek is working with former Gunners Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira on a sensational bid to buy Arsenal from Kroenke.

Arsenal remain adamant Kroenke has no intention of selling up after his son Josh last week insisted the club is not for sale before thousands of fans ascended on the Emirates Stadium to protest over their ownership.

Who is Daniel Ek?

Ek is a 38-year-old Swedish billionaire entrepreneur, best known for creating Spotify with Martin Lorentzon.

He has previously had success with Nordic auction company Trader, which was acquired by eBay in 2006, and online advertising company Advertigo, who sold to TradeDoubler, in the same year.

Billboard in 2017 named him the most powerful person in the music industry.

What is Daniel Ek net worth?

According to Forbes, as of April 2021, Ek is worth $4.7billion (£3.4bn).

He is a majority shareholder in Spotify.

How much would Arsenal cost?

Forbes estimate that Arsenal are currently worth $2.8billion (£2.02m), an increase of 23 per cent over the past two years.

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Why now?

Thousands of Arsenal fans gathered outside Emirates Stadium ahead of the Premier League game against Everton on Friday night to protest against Kroenke following the north London club’s part in the failed attempt to form a breakaway European Super League.

Proposals for a partially closed competition involving 12 of Europe’s top clubs in England, Spain and Italy collapsed on Wednesday when most of the founders pulled out amidst stinging criticism from fans, governing bodies and the government.

The club subsequently apologised for its actions and KSE will foot the bill for any costs involved in pulling out of the proposal, while Kroenke’s son, Josh, attended a virtual forum with fans on Thursday, promising to rebuild trust.

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Amid the scenes outside the ground, Ek tweeted: “As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment) would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.”

While Ek‘s offer might be music to Arsenal fans’ ears, Kroenke’s son Josh, a director at the club, said on Thursday that Stan Kroenke’s holding company KSE does not plan to sell despite the intense backlash.

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