The billionaire mogul who keeps buying sports teams

The billionaire mogul who keeps buying sports teams


Jim Ratcliffe, the British petrochemicals billionaire, was on an 8,000-kilometer motorcycle trip across the Andes a few years ago and was rather bored with the state of the sport. No one really tackles the biggest obstacles to human performance anymore, he thought. What was left?

Then, somewhere on the road in Argentina, he decided on a sporting feat that really excited him: Ratcliffe wanted to see someone run a marathon in under 2 hours. So he hired some of the best scientists in the sports world and the best marathoner in the world to make it happen. And in 2019, on a closed course in Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles in 1 hour and 59 minutes.

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