Ellis Short

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Ellis Short
Born (1960-10-06) 6 October 1960 (age 54)
Independence, Missouri, US
Residence London, England[1]
Alma mater Missouri University of Science and Technology
Occupation Private Equity and Football Club Owner
Net worth Decrease£1.0 billion (April 2015)[2]
Spouse(s) Eve Zimmerman Short

Ellis Short (born October 6, 1960)[3] is a London-based[4] Irish-American[5][6][7] businessman and founder of Kildare Partners, a private equity fund investing in distressed European real estate assets.[8] Short is also the owner and chairman of Premier League club Sunderland AFC.[7][9][10]

Early life[edit]

Ellis Short was born October 6, 1960 in Independence, Missouri.[3] He has a degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.


After graduating, Short worked for General Electric[11] 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.[9][12] In 2003, Short paid £23 million for Skibo Castle , which operates as a members-only hotel and country club in Scotland.[13] The castle is famous for hosting Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.[3][14]

In September 2008, Short gained a controlling interest in Sunderland A.F.C.[5][12][15] In December of that year, Short worked on completing a deal with the Drumaville Consortium for their remaining shares in the club.[12] After the Sunderland A.F.C. ownership change, football manager Roy Keane left the club.[16] Short assumed ownership of the club in May 2009.[10][17] 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'.[18] 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.[19] Di Canio, in turn, was dismissed in September 2013 after a poor start to the Premier League season.[20] 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.

In 2013, Short formed a new company, Kildare Partners, to invest in distressed property assets and non-performing debt.[9][21]

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ Daily Express
  2. ^ a b "Sunday Times Rich List". The Sunday Times (page 34). 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Ellis Short profile
  4. ^ Express.co.uk
  5. ^ a b The Guardian
  6. ^ Daily Mail
  7. ^ a b Irish Independent
  8. ^ .Reuters
  9. ^ a b c The Times
  10. ^ a b safc.com
  11. ^ David Ross (April 30, 2003), "Quiet American may be new Skibo owner", The Herald (Glasgow): 4 
  12. ^ a b c The Daily Telegraph
  13. ^ North East Life Mag
  14. ^ About.com
  15. ^ Ellis Short takes controlling Interest in Sunderland
  16. ^ "The box office awaits the return of a matinee idol". The Irish Times. February 2, 2009. 
  17. ^ "New role for Niall Quinn as Ellis Short becomes Sunderland chairman". The Guardian (London). October 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ Edwards, Luke (November 30, 2011). "Sunderland sack Steve Bruce as manager as Ellis Short says results "simply not good enough"". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  19. ^ Wardle, John (February 4, 2013). "'I am unique one' says Paolo Di Canio on arrival as Sunderland manager". The Guardian. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Paolo Di Canio: Sunderland sack head coach after 13 games". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  21. ^ Irish Times