Indian Premiere League is truly premium in terms of the team owners that are a part of the tournament. Team Owners are the real players at the IPL and not the cricketers. From money matters to team strategy, they handle it all. They shelled out big bucks on bidding for their IPL teams and come forth with different ways and means to generate revenue from the tournament. The glamorous world of Bollywood is closely connected with different kinds of sports in India. Today, we are going to meet you bollywood celebrities who own cricket teams in the Indian Premiere League (IPL).
1. Shah Rukh Khan (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The team representing Kolkata was eventually bought by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment. SRK is keenly involved in the team right from its inception. The team won the IPL two times, in the years 2012 and 2014. The presence of Shah Rukh as an owner has helped KKR gain immense popularity.
2. Preity Zinta (Kings XI Punjab)
Kings XI Punjab is owned by a private consortium comprising Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman, and Karan Paul. Bollywood actress Zinta was the first female – and remains the youngest – IPL franchisee, while her former lover Wadia is the managing director of the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation. They bought the franchise for US $76 million in 2008.
3. Juhi Chawla (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Juhi Cahwla is also the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders. The team is owned by the Knight Riders Sports Pvt. Ltd which was set up by Shah Rukh, Juhi and Jay Mehta, who is Chawla’s husband. Juhi has been actively involved with her team, attending team matches and visiting temples all around the country, praying for the team’s victory
4. Shilpa Shetty (Rajasthan Royals)
Shilpa Shetty has been the co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals team of IPL since inception. But scandals forced her and her husband Raj Kundra to give up the stakes of her team.