This historic club was originally a church football team founded in 1885. Promotion to the Premier League in 2012, following a seven-year absence, has helped boost the club’s fortunes; and in May “the Saints” finished eighth in the 2016-17 Premier League. In August, Chinese investor Gao Jisheng and his daughter Nelly Gao acquired an 80% stake in club from Swiss heiress Katharina Liebherr, 39. Ralph Krueger, 58, continues in his role as chairman.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank134
CompanySouthampton Football Club
ActivityFootball club
LocationSouthampton
Sales £m*182.7
Operating profit £m*34.8
Main shareholdersGao Jisheng (80%), Katharina Liebherr (20%)
Staff388
Founded1885
Websitewww.saintsfc.co.uk

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