Baggies Could Be the Perfect Fit for Jianlin

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Baggies Could Be the Perfect Fit for Jianlin


PAUL SUART Tweet @PAULSUARTWBA RUMOURS continue to circulate concerning Jeremy Peace's potential sale of West Bromwich Albion.

But the one name that keeps cropping up is one that is sure to excite Baggies fans.

That name is billionaire Wang Jianlin, chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group.

Why should Albion fans be excited to hear his name mentioned? Because Jianlin is incredibly wealthy.

According to the well-respected Forbes magazine, Jianlin is the richest person in Asia with an estimated wealth of $28.7billion.

He is the founder and head of the Dalian Wanda Group, China's largest real estate developer and also the world's largest movie theatrE operator.

What's his connection to sport? Jianlin is a sports fanatic and owner of Dalian Wanda FC.

In January 2015 he acquired a 20 per cent stake in Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and in February Wanda became a FIFA sponsor.

Wanda Sports Holdings now incorporates Infront Sports and Media, a powerful sports marketing firm, with exclusive rights to all of Fifa's competitions.

In April, President Xi Jinping announced his grand plan to see China qualify for, host, and win a World Cup by 2050.

Business leaders have since felt pressure to act on JinPing's declaration by investing heavily in sports organisations, and football clubs in particular.

Jianlin is no exception. Why now? Only this week, Jianlin signed a deal with German sportswear brand Adidas, Albion's kit maker, to develop football and basketball in China. …

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