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Sale of Chelsea FC: Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams join the offer to buy the club from Roman Abramovich UK News

The bid is led by Sir Martin Broughton, former chairman of British Airways and Liverpool FC.

It is understood that Hamilton and Williams have pledged around £10m each to the bid, along with other members of the consortium.

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Hamilton, an Arsenal fan, has invested in several ventures in the past, while Serena Williams launched Serena Ventures, a venture capital fund which invested in UK start-up Opensponsorship.

Talks have been ongoing with Sir Martin’s consortium for weeks, Sky News reports.

A source close to the group said the addition of Sir Lewis and Ms Williams was a serious investment decision because of their experience building global sports brands.

Other investors in the group led by Broughton include: the Canadian Rogers family, which has a large stake in the media and telecommunications company Rogers Communications; John Arnold, who chaired the bid committee for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Houston; and the Tsai family of Taiwan, owners of the Taipei Fubon Braves and Fubon Guardians baseball teams.

Roman Abramovich has owned Chelsea since 2003 but put the club up for sale on March 2 following Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

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