How much is John Textor worth? Everton takeover interest and wealth compared to Farhad Moshiri

John Textor has admitted he's interested in buying Everton. (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)John Textor has admitted he's interested in buying Everton. (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)
John Textor has admitted he's interested in buying Everton. (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images) | Getty Images
John Textor profiled after the Crystal Palace majority shareholder admits he’d be interested in buying Everton.

John Textor has confirmed he’s interested in completing an Everton takeover.

777 Partners look increasingly unlikely to meet the deadline of 31 May set by majority owner Farhad Moshiri for their purchase to take place. The Miami-based firm agreed to buy Moshiri’s 94.1% stake in Everton last September but the Premier League have not ratified the deal.

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Subsequently, 777 have had a $600 million fraud case filed against them, their Australian airline Bonza entered administration and Belgium club Standard Liege - owned by the company - has been put up for sale.

Moshiri told the Everton Fan Advisory Board earlier this week that has received interest from other parties. And it has come to light that Textor is one of them. The American currently owns 45% of Crystal Palace through his company Eagle Football Holdings but has placed his share on the market. The Raine Group are handling the transaction. Textor is also the majority shareholder in French side Lyon, Brazilian club Botafogo and Belgian outfit RWD Molenbeek.

And after reportedly growing frustrated about the lack of influence he has at Palace, with Steve Parish retaining the casting vote in the boardroom, Textor is looking at alternative Premier League clubs - with one being Everton.

What’s been said

Textor told the Athletic: “Yes [he has discussed Everton]. With the existing constituents – different groups, different lenders, different equity holders. I’ve asked them: ‘Is there a way to solve all this confusion and address everyone’s problems?’ I’m very open-minded to it but I don’t want to come into a situation where I’m not really welcome. I’m watching it but 777 still has a contract.

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“We’re also looking at other opportunities and we don’t need to jump right out of Palace right into something. That’d be a mistake. I suspect that the problem with Everton is it won’t be available by the time we would be ready for it. You can’t own two clubs in one league and we’re not going to rush the situation at Palace, no matter how good another opportunity looks.”

How did John Textor build his wealth?

Textor has a technology background. His website describes him as a ‘globally recognised, pioneer and developer of disruptive technologies, creative content, and digital distribution business models for media, entertainment and the internet’.

The 58-year-old is the former executive chairman of fuboTV, which holds rights to the Premier League, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS, and is known for his work in visual effects in Hollywood. In 2012, his company Digital Domain created the hologram of the late rapper Tupac, who performed at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival.

How long has been involved in Crystal Palace?

Textor purchased his stake in Palace in August 2021. He paid a reported £86 million for a 40% share. Last year, he increased his stake by 5% after injecting a further £30 million into the club.

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He also owns Ligue 1 side Lyon. Initially purchasing a 40% stake, he took his share to 77.5% in December 2022. The overall deal was reportedly in the region of £730 million.

How much is John Textor worth?

There is no clear indication of Textor’s wealth. However, Eagle Football Holding board member James Dinan, founder of York Capital Management, is said to be worth £1.65 billion, while fellow director Alex Knaster had an estimated wealth of £1.3 billion in 2022 per Bloomberg.

According to Forbes’ Most Valuable Soccer Teams 2024, Palace is worth circa £610 million, which would mean that Eagle Football Holding’s share comes out to around £274.5 million.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that Textor’s football stable was worth around £780 million when in the process of his initial investment in Lyon. Therefore, it would have increased to around £940 million after upping his stake. Meanwhile, netwealth.biz claims that Teztor’s net wealth is around £3.37 billion.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2024 estimated Moshiri to have a wealth of £1.5 billion.

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