Daniel Ek, the Spotify billionaire wants to buy Arsenal. The Swedish entrepreneur has caused a stir by publicly stating he is interested in buying the club from the Kroenke family. The name Daniel Ek was thrust into the headlines over the weekend after the Spotify founder went public with his interest in buying Arsenal. Ek timed his approach perfectly, with the Gunners’ fanbase in uproar following Arsenal’s involvement in the controversial European Super League plans.
Arsenal fans have been one of many groups to voice their unhappiness with their club’s ownership and decision to become a founding member of the Super League. Although the plans, which were fronted by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli, fell apart within 48 hours last week after widespread and united opposition from the football world, that hasn’t stopped fans from protesting. Several thousand Arsenal fans have protested outside the Emirates Stadium over the weekend, calling for the Kroenke family to sell the club.
The protests were followed by a tweet on Friday night from Ek, which has caused quite the stir. He wrote: “As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.” According to the Daily Telegraph, Ek has joined forces with Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp to try and oust Stan Kroenke from the club.
Ek is a 38-year-old Swedish entrepreneur, primarily known for founding music streaming service Spotify. Born in Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, in 1983, he has been a prolific businessman in the technology sector since the age of 13.