When you hear the term Sugar Daddy you naturally think of a Hugh Hefner-like figure with a blond on his arm. In the UK, the term has been leant to generous benefactors who have bought some of the largest soccer clubs in the UK and been spending on them wildly. You can see the analogy right?
Mansoor bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, aged 43, commonly known as Sheikh Mansour, is one such Sugar Daddy. In fact he’s the richest and most powerful of them all, with a family fortune estimated at $150 billion. He’s also the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, minister of presidential affairs and member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. Just for good measure, he is also the half brother of the current president of UAE.
His privately owned Abu Dhabi United Group, a specialist investment company, acquired the blue side of Manchester’s soccer powerhouses back in 2008 for £200 million, a drop in the ocean for the Sheikh. Since that time, thanks to Sheikh Mansour’s generosity that has brought in megastar players from all over the planet, Manchester City have totally transformed – winning two Premiership titles and three domestic cups.
Sheikh Mansour’s benevolence doesn’t just stop at soccer clubs – he recently leant his movie star friend, and serial Sugar Daddy, Leonardo Di Caprio his mega-yacht, Topaz. Di Caprio used the yacht in Brazil at the start of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, to entertain a harem of 50 Sugar Babies, some of whom were flown in just for the occasion. The Sheikh, however, wasn’t on board for the ‘Sugar bash,’ he is a happily twice-married man – yes we mean he has two wives. Now that’s what you call Sugarizing!