Marwan Koukash (2013)
3 December 1958
Marwan Koukash (born in Palestine, December 1958) is a businessman and racehorse owner whose horses have won races including the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte, Cesarewitch Handicap, City and Suburban Handicap, Ayr Gold Cup and Chester Cup. He was also the owner of Salford Red Devils rugby league club until 2018.
A 2018 Channel 4 documentary programme, My Millionaire Migrant Boss, stated his wealth at £50 million. Koukash is often referred to as a multi-millionaire by the media. 
Early life and business career
Koukash was born on the west bank of the River Jordan in December 1958 in Palestine. When he was eight years old, the family farm was bombed, due to rising escalations with the Israeli military in Palestine and the family crossed into Jordan before settling in Kuwait. Eventually, he moved to Britain to progress his education, and settled in St. Helens to study at the local technical college.
He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University and progressed to get a PhD in electrical engineering. He taught at the university for five years, and was appointed Director of International Business.
He is also the owner of hotels operated by Hilton such as The Doubletree Hotel in Liverpool.
He was introduced to horse racing by his bank manager, Dave Matthews, and had his first winner in 2007. In 2012, he had 101 winners, who accumulated over £1m in prize money. His racing silks are grey with a gold star and many of his horses are named after his son, Gabrial and daughters, Lexi and Layla. He owns a pre-training facility in Knowsley and uses various trainers including Richard Fahey and Kevin Ryan.
It is claimed that he is the biggest owner of race horses in Britain.
Salford Red Devils
In 2013, Koukash took over the loss-making Super League club, Salford City Reds. His interest in rugby league began when he went to watch St. Helens matches with his family. He was encouraged to take ownership of Salford by the Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood, who had met Koukash on a flight to Dubai. Koukash aims to make the club the biggest in Super League, rebranding them as Salford Red Devils in 2013 and signing 14 new players.
National Rugby League
In 2014, Koukash made public his ambitions of purchasing a team in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) before the 2015 season. The NRL is considered world's most competitive rugby league competition, in a country where rugby league is more popular than rugby union.
In 2016, he also announced his plans to take an English team (the "British Bulldogs") and have then play in the NRL in Australia, with the help of airline and hotel sponsorship.
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