Since last Friday and the takeover of Newcastle by the PIF, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, the British businesswoman has been propelled to the helm of the Tyneside club. But who is she? Presentation.
His face is not unknown to us. For several months, the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has been trying to buy Newcastle. In vain. At the time, concerns between Saudi Arabia and Qatar (BeoutQ file) as well as accusations from humanitarian organizations prevented any possible negotiations with the Premier League. And each time, this association of investors (PIF, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media) was represented by a single face in the English press: that of Amanda Staveley.
Since then, the reconciliation between Qataris and Saudis has, as if by magic, solved all the problems and the PIF is, since last Friday, the new owner of the Magpies, a club bought up to the tune of 352 M €. A great victory for Staveley who had tried to buy the English club alone through his company PCP Capital Partners. Since then, the press loves to fantasize about the future face of the Toons. Skysports also announces that Staveley, appointed general manager of the club, must meet this Monday the trainer Steve Bruce as well as the players. And according to the English media, one of his first choices may be to fire Bruce.
The trusted wife of wealthy Gulf investors
But who is this new strong figure in the Premier League? Amanda Louis Staveley was born on April 11, 1973 in Yorkshire. Aged 48, she is married to the British-Iranian businessman Mehrdad Ghodoussi, after having been the former companion of Prince Andrew in the early 2000s. This marked the beginning of her notoriety in England where the tabloids did not have it. not missed. Now a 10% stakeholder in Newcastle through her company PCP Capital Partners which she created in 2005 and which is based in Dubai, Staveley has a personal fortune estimated at £ 110 million, or nearly € 130 million. But before it got there, Amanda Staveley knew how to weave her web by being the one who whispered in the ears of wealthy Gulf investors.
At 18, she refused to continue her business studies at Cambridge University to open a restaurant with a loan of 180,000 pounds. It was from there that she began to build her network with the Middle East. Its aim was clear: to ignore the tensions between certain countries and to convince investors in the region to put their money abroad. Now known for her strong links with the Middle East, she signed several highlights, especially in 2008. That year, she helped Khaldoon Al Mubarak buy Manchester City. But that’s not all.
It also played a role, important in the 7.3 billion pounds invested by several investment funds of the Gulf for the rescue of the bank Barclays, hard hit by the economic crisis of 2008. Since this episode, it is d ‘elsewhere in conflict with the banking institution. The reason ? Staveley considers that the amount of the commission collected (38 M €) is too low compared to the sums collected by other intermediaries. Finally, in 2016, she was also the ally of the wealthy Emiratis to buy back Liverpool in exchange for a check for more than one billion euros. In vain. But it was only a postponement …