Farhad Moshiri (businessman)

Farhad Moshiri
Born Ardavan Farhad Moshiri
(1955-05-18) 18 May 1955
Residence Monaco
Nationality Iranian
Citizenship Iranian and British
Alma mater University College London
Occupation Shareholder of Everton F.C.[1]
Shareholder of USM Holdings
Shareholder of MegaFon
Shareholder of Metalloinvest
Net worth US$2.2 billion (October 2016)[2]
Spouse(s) Nazenin Ansari (ex-wife)
Children 2

Ardavan Farhad Moshiri (Persian: اردوان فرهاد ﻣﺸﻴﺮى; born 18 May 1955) is a British-Iranian businessman and investor, who resides in Monaco.[3] Moshiri owns and has shares in numerous steel and energy companies in the UK and Russia.[4]

Early life

Moshiri was born in Iran, and his parents left just before the revolution in 1979.[5] Moshiri has said that his father was "an army doctor who trained as a pathologist and later became a senior military judge", and his mother "came from Iran’s leading publishing house, Kayhan, which is now based in London."[6] He was educated at University College London, and trained in the UK as a chartered certified accountant.[5]


Moshiri worked for Ernst & Young, PKF and Deloitte.[7]

Moshiri and longstanding business partner Alisher Usmanov were co-owners of Red & White Holdings, which bought 14.65% of the shares in Arsenal Football Club from former club vice-chairman David Dein in August 2007. On 18 September 2007, Red and White Holdings increased their stake in Arsenal to 21%, and on 28 September 2007 to 23%, a week after Moshiri announced that he wanted at least a 25% holding in the football club. As of June 2012, Red and White Holdings have acquired at least 29.72%. Arsenal managing director Keith Edelman told BBC Radio 5 Live, "They've said previously they are not going to make a bid for the company and they want to be long-term shareholders."

In February 2016 it was announced that Moshiri had sold his stake in Arsenal Football Club to Red & White Holdings partner Usmanov in a bid to raise capital required to launch a takeover at Everton Football Club.[8] On 27 February, the club officially confirmed Moshiri's purchase of a 49.9% stake in the club, which was ratified two weeks later by the Premier League. He currently part owns Everton Football Club.

Personal life

Moshiri lives in Monaco.[5] His former wife Nazenin Ansari is a London-based Iranian journalist, managing editor of Kayhan London, a weekly Persian-language newspaper, and series producer at Manoto, an international free-to-air Persian language TV channel.[9] They have two children.


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