67th Richest man in the world, Aliko Dangote has insisted his interest in buying Arsenal is not ‘overnight stuff’ and has revealed he’s been a fan of the club for more than 30 years thanks to former vice-chairman David Dein.
Africa’s Richest man explained he was first taken to the club’s former Highbury ground by Dein, a close friend and associate.
Dein, a former sugar trader, helped Dangote start his business in 1980. Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc now accounts for 90 per cent of the product sold in Nigeria.
‘I have been a supporter of the team since the Eighties,’ confirmed Dangote after publicly declaring his wish to be the club’s next owner.
‘My love for Arsenal dates back to when I went to watch them play with the-then largest shareholder David Dein. I developed a likeness for the team and I have been a supporter of the team since then. So it is not overnight stuff.’