Ellis Short

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Ellis Short
Born (1960-10-06) 6 October 1960 (age 56)
Independence, Missouri, United States
Residence London, England[1]
Alma mater Missouri University of Science and Technology
Occupation Owner of Kildare Partners
Sunderland AFC
Net worth £1.0 billion (April 2015)[2]
£2.4 billion (2015)[3]
Spouse(s) Eve Zimmerman Short

Ellis Short (born October 6, 1960)[4] is a London-based[5] Irish-American[6][7][8] businessman and founder of Kildare Partners, a private equity fund investing in distressed European real estate assets.[9] Short is also the owner and chairman of Premier League club Sunderland AFC.[8][10][11]

Early life[edit]

Ellis Short was born in Independence, Missouri.[4] He gained a degree at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Career[edit]

After graduating, Short worked for General Electric[12] beginning in 1983. In 1995, Short joined Lone Star Funds, a Dallas-based private equity firm, becoming president of the fund and heading its Asian operations.[10][13] In 2003, Short paid £23 million for Skibo Castle , which operates as a members-only hotel and country club in Scotland.[14] The castle is famous for hosting Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.[4][15]

In September 2008, Short gained a controlling interest in Sunderland A.F.C.[6][13][16] In December of that year, Short worked on completing a deal with the Drumaville Consortium for their remaining shares in the club.[13] After the Sunderland A.F.C. ownership change, football manager Roy Keane left the club.[17] Short assumed ownership of the club in May 2009.[11][18] His purchase of the club made Sunderland the fourth club in the Premier League to have American owners, alongside Aston Villa, Manchester United and Liverpool.

In November 2011, Short sacked Steve Bruce after a poor run of results, which Short labelled 'not good enough'.[19] Nine days later, Martin O'Neill was appointed Bruce's successor. O'Neill himself was succeeded by Italian ex-footballer Paolo Di Canio in 2013.[20] Di Canio, in turn, was dismissed in September 2013 after a poor start to the Premier League season.[21] Gus Poyet was put in charge of the first team and guided Sunderland to Premier League safety, but he was replaced late in the 2014-15 campaign by Dick Advocaat, who helped the team avoid relegation and secure its top-flight status for 2015-16. Advocaat's replacement, Sam Allardyce, left the club in July 2016 and was replaced by David Moyes.

In 2013, Short formed a new company, Kildare Partners, to invest in distressed property assets and non-performing debt.[10][22]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to former tennis player, Eve Zimmerman.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hickman, Niall. "It's theatre of the absurb as ham-fisted Ellis Short has to share the blame at Sunderland | Football | Sport | Daily Express". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Sunday Times Rich List". The Sunday Times (page 34). 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Football, Mirror. "Premier League's richest owners: How much is YOUR club's ownership worth? - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ellis Short: all you need to know about Sunderland's man at the helm | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  5. ^ Hickman, Niall. "It's theatre of the absurb as ham-fisted Ellis Short has to share the blame at Sunderland | Football | Sport | Daily Express". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  6. ^ a b "Ellis Short: all you need to know about Sunderland's man at the helm | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  7. ^ Magee, Andrew (2013-03-31). "Why did Ellis Short sack Martin O'Neill? | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  8. ^ a b Nick Webb. "Irish billionaire Short pumps €50m into Sunderland FC". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  9. ^ Halpin, Padraic (2013-08-29). "Ex-Lone Star executive's fund to set up Irish unit - source". Reuters. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  10. ^ a b c Deirdre Hipwell (2013-05-14). "Business big shot: Ellis Short of Sunderland Football Club". The Times. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  11. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 29, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  12. ^ David Ross (April 30, 2003), "Quiet American may be new Skibo owner", The Herald (Glasgow), p. 4 
  13. ^ a b c "Ellis Short takes controlling interest in Sunderland - Football". The Daily Telegraph. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  14. ^ "The North East Life Glitz List - who are the region's richest and most influential people? - People - North East Life". Northeastlifemag.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  15. ^ Stritof, Sheri. "Madonna & Guy Ritchie Marriage Profile". Marriage.about.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  16. ^ "Ellis Short takes controlling interest in Sunderland - Football". The Daily Telegraph. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  17. ^ "The box office awaits the return of a matinee idol". The Irish Times. February 2, 2009. 
  18. ^ "New role for Niall Quinn as Ellis Short becomes Sunderland chairman". The Guardian. London. October 3, 2011. 
  19. ^ Edwards, Luke (November 30, 2011). "Sunderland sack Steve Bruce as manager as Ellis Short says results "simply not good enough"". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  20. ^ Wardle, John (February 4, 2013). "'I am unique one' says Paolo Di Canio on arrival as Sunderland manager". The Guardian. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Paolo Di Canio: Sunderland sack head coach after 13 games". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.