Who is Mohamed Al-Khereiji? Net worth, links to Saudi Arabian government

Jude Summerfield
Saudi Media Group want to buy Chelsea
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Mohamed Al-Khereiji is the latest name linked with a potential takeover of Chelsea FC.

Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale earlier this month following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and has since been hit by sanctions by the United Kingdom government due to his links with president Vladimir Putin.

Now, Saudi Media Group are said to have submitted an offer worth £2.7bn to buy the Blues, with Al-Khereiji - a fan of the club - in charge of the bid..

Who is Mohamed Al-Khereiji?

Al-Khereiji is a Saudi businessperson who runs the Saudi Media Group. He is also the CEO of the parent company Engineer Holding Group, which was founded by his father, Abdulelah Al-Khereiji.

He has previously studied in the UK at Cass Business School and spent three years working for Deutsche Bank.

Al-Khereiji is a Chelsea fan and was at their 1-1 draw with Manchester United in November. That was also the last time Abramovich was seen at Stamford Bridge. He also supports Al Hilal, who faced Chelsea in the Club World Cup last month.

What is Mohamed Al-Khereiji's net worth?

The net worth of Saudi Media Group is hard to know comprehensively. It is the biggest media group in the Middle East and also has interests in advertising, hospitality, the banking sector and sports.

They are thought to turn over at least £770m a year - the figure is as high as £1bn according to selected outlets - and would likely be joined by other private parties as part of a larger consortium.

Does Mohamed Al-Khereiji have links to the Saudi Arabian government?

Mohammed bin Khalid Al Saud, who heads up the state-owned Saudi Telecom Company, is involved in helping finance Al-Khereiji's bid. Mohammed bin Salman - the crown prince of Saudi Arabia - also appears in Alkhereiji's profile picture on social media.

While reports have claimed he has no direct links to the Saudi government, that doesn't appear to be the case.

As seen with Newcastle's takeover, any prospective buyers would to display that there is no paper trail or legal link to a government.