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Who is Daniel Ek? The Spotify billionaire who wants to buy Arsenal from Stan Kroenke

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It is no secret that Arsenal fans want Stan Kroenke and KSE gone. We’ve wanted them gone for years now, but sadly, we’ve never even come close to that happening.

However, that could change now.

Kroenke’s decision to sign up for the European Super League resulted in some serious backlash from supporters. Thousands of Gooners participated in a protest outside the Emirates on Friday, where everyone echoed the same – Kroenke out!

That opened the door for a potential buyer to express his interest in taking over Arsenal. Up stepped Swedish billionaire and life-long Gooner Daniel Ek.

Who is Daniel Ek?

Ek was born in the Ragsved district of Sweden’s capital city Stockholm. He dived into a website making business at the raw age of 13 and managed to lead a team of 25 people by the time he was 18 years old.

After a couple of senior roles at Tradera and Stardoll, Ek started an online advertising company named Advertigo. He sold that for a ton of money and went on to become the CEO of μTorrent, before retiring at the age of 23.

He came out of retirement after a few months and started Spotify – the company he is known for today. Ek was named the most powerful man in the music industry by Billboard in 2016 and he still owns 10.3% of the company.

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How much is Daniel Ek worth?

According to Forbes, Ek’s current net worth stands at a staggering $4.9 billion (£3.4 billion).

Most of his wealth comes from Spotify and he is expected to use a big chunk of it to bid for Arsenal in the coming days.

Arsenal are valued at £2.02 billion by Forbes. Silent Stan and KSE are likely to demand a higher fee if they are to sell the club in the near future, which could complicate things for Ek, even though his interest is reportedly very serious.

It will be interesting to see how this pans out in the coming days. Ek and other Arsenal fans would love to see the back of Kroenke, but it will certainly not be easy.

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