Potential next owner of Man Utd bankrolled London Marathon star’s world record

Businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe bankrolled Eliud Kipchoge’s successful marathon run in 2019.

The billionaire, widely considered the wealthiest man in the UK with a net worth of around £8.million, has been linked with taking over the Glazer Family’s ownership of Manchester United.

But Ratcliffe is no stranger to sports, being a stakeholder in Ligue 1 club Nice – while his firm INEOS Capital Limited, a multinational chemicals company, funding a runner’s quest to break the two-hour mark for running the marathon distance.

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The athlete successfully did so – completing the challenge with an official time of 1:59:40.2, and an average speed of 13.2 mph at the track in Vienna, Austria.

Kipchoge – who actually smashed his own record of running 26 miles – said at the time: "I'm running to make history. I'm running to show that there are no limits, no human is limited.”

Ratcliffe, who’s from Failsworth, Greater Manchester, has been a big United fan since he was a kid and reports have suggested that he will make the move and buy the club.

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In fact, his company Ineos recorded a three-fold profit recently, reports Manchester Evening News. The profits tripled in 2021 and rose to £474m from £226m previously.

The newly released figures came after Ratcliffe made public his wish to take over United from the Glazer Family, the unpopular owners of the club. whose tenure has reached a nadir in recent seasons – with fan protests against them taking place this year and year.

A spokesperson for Ratcliffe confirmed the billionaire would be interested in that buying the Premier League club – with a view w of taking full control in the future.

“If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer,” the spokesperson told The Times in August. “If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership. This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset."

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