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Where Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke ranks in Forbes 400 rich list amid Daniel Ek takeover interest

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has climbed up four places in the Forbes 400 Rich List.

The list compiles the 400 wealthiest Americans, with Kroenke ranked 70th – taking his fortune to an estimated $10.7billion (£7.77billion).

The Gunners join NBA side the Denver Nuggets and NFL outfit the LA Rams as part of his vast array of sports ventures but a number of supporters have become discontent with the 74-year-old’s position at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal spent in excess of £140million over the course of the summer transfer window but fans have repeatedly voiced their concern at the north London club’s decline in fortunes, given the club has failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in each of the last five seasons.

In recent times, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has admitted his desire to buy the club, forming a consortium backed by legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.

Ek even lodged a bid earlier this year, reportedly offering close to £2billion in June, before it was eventually rebuffed by the Kroenkes, who have repeatedly stated that they are not looking to sell the club.

On the rejected offer, the Swedish billionaire said: “Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal Football Club. I think it’s important to correct the record – this week an offer was made to both Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at board and a golden share for the supporter.

“They replied that they don’t need the money. I remain interested should that situation ever change.”

Ek has since been spotted at the Emirates last month as Mikel Arteta’s side beat local rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-1, with the Spotify owner pictured alongside Henry – who has since claimed that the interest has not gone away.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Frenchman said: “To be able to get there, you need to have someone respond on the other side. It hasn’t happened yet, but we and he is here to stay.

“So, let’s see what’s going to happen. But for the moment, we enjoyed the win yesterday [against Spurs].

“There’s no dialogue at the moment and I feel it’s going to be a long process. I said this the last time I was on the show [in May]. How long it’s going to be, I don’t actually know.

“But we are here to stay.”