According to a report revealed by Sky Sports on Thursday, seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is ready to invest around £10m (around €11m) to join the proposed takeover of Chelsea football club, which was put up for sale by Roman Abramovich in March.
For several weeks now, a bid to buy Chelsea has been launched by Sir Martin Broughton, an English businessman who used to run British Airways and was chairman of Liverpool in 2010. The consortium led by Sir Broughton is said to include F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former WTA world number one Serena Williams.
According to Sky Sports, Hamilton and Williams would be willing to invest £10m each. Their involvement in the deal came as a complete surprise, also given the fact that Lewis Hamilton is a supposed fan of the Arsenal club. However, this is not the first time that the F1 champion and Serena Williams have decided to make similar investments.
What would have convinced the two sportsmen to join Sir Broughton’s consortium is the diversity of personalities within the group, both of whom have always been promoters of equity, diversity and inclusion, lending themselves to numerous initiatives against discrimination of all kinds, and would be willing to do so at Chelsea should the deal go through.
There are three remaining bids for the Chelsea club: one led by baseball franchise co-owner Todd Boehly, one led by Steve Pagliuca – co-owner of the Boston Celtics in the NBA – and one led by Sir Broughton.