The Ricketts family, who control the Chicago Cubs, is apparently interested in acquiring Liverpool.
The Reds were put up for sale by Fenway Sports Group on Monday morning, stunning supporters by considering the thought of leaving Merseyside after 12 years in charge.
The prospect of millionaires bidding to buy the team has Liverpool fans waiting with bated breath.
The Times also claims that the Ricketts family has shown interest in the Premier League team.
The family of Joe Ricketts, who founded the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade in 1975, is today estimated to be valued about £3.2 billion.
Since the family paid £785 million for the Chicago Cubs in 2009, Joe’s son Thomas has served as the organization’s chairman.
Along with his sister Laura, brothers Pete and Todd, and brother Pete, Thomas is co-owner of the club.
In 2016, they rejoiced over the Cubs’ World Series victory.
Prior to Todd Boehly buying Chelsea, the Ricketts family had been in the running to acquire the Premier League club from Roman Abramovich earlier this year.
However, because of a racist controversy, the Americans were eliminated from contention before the Boehly transaction was finalized.
Leaked emails, as reported by Splinter, showed 81-year-old Joe writing: “Christians and Jews can have a mutual respect for each other to create a civil society.
“As you know, Islam cannot do that. Therefore we cannot ever let Islam become a large part of our society.”
“Muslims are naturally my (our) enemy due to their deep antagonism and bias against non-Muslims.”
In a conversation with his politician son Pete, Ricketts also expresses his belief that Islam “is a cult, not a religion.”
He continued by declaring that the Islamic faith is “based on the wicked concept of killing the unbeliever.”
Despite the released emails, the Ricketts family did advance to the next round of bidding.
But before their match against Brentford in April, Chelsea supporters demonstrated against the potential Ricketts takeover in front of Stamford Bridge.
As a result, they were unable to purchase the team. Despite that, they have returned to English football in an attempt to reach a deal for Liverpool.
The Ricketts Family
Thomas Stuart Ricketts, who was born on May 23, 1966, serves as the Chairman of the Chicago Cubs as well as the Chairman, co-founder, and former CEO of Incapital LLC, a company that offers financial companies and retail investors more effective access to corporate bonds.
The Ricketts family serves on the Cubs’ board of directors through Ricketts’ children – daughter Laura, sons Tom (Thomas), Pete, and Todd.
They are all the children of J. Joseph Ricketts, the man who founded TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. According to Forbes, Joe Ricketts has a net worth of US$2.3 billion as of 2018.
A family offer led by Tom Ricketts emerged as the successful bidder for the Chicago Cubs in January 2009. For the team and associated assets, the price was expected to be in the neighborhood of $900 million.
The owners of the other 29 Major League Baseball teams unanimously endorsed the sale in October 2009.
On October 31, 2009, Ricketts took over as the Cubs’ chairman. Through their family trust, Tom Ricketts, his three siblings, Peter, Laura, and Todd, each own a portion of the squad.