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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Tragic Leicester City Owner in Profile After his Death in Helicopter Crash

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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has died after his helicopter was involved in a crash outside of Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.

Emergency services, including police cars, ambulances and security, were quick to rush to the incident.

But they could not save Srivaddhanaprabha or any of the other four people on board.

Srivaddhanaprabha regularly travelled to and from matches by the vehicle, and it picked him up as normal on the centre circle.

On this occasion it was leaving after the Foxes had drawn 1-1 with West Ham on Saturday evening.

How did Srivaddhanaprabha make his money and how much is he worth?

Srivaddhanaprabha was born in Bangkok, Thailand in April 1958.

He is known for founding duty free giants King Power Duty Free in 1989 in Bangkok, which helped him make a fortune.

The name is after the country’s well-loved former monarch King Bhumibol Abulyadej.

He is worth $4.9billion, or £3.8billion, according to Forbes.

That makes him the fifth-richest man in Thailand, and ranked 388 on a list of the world’s richest billionaires.

Srivaddhanaprabha was given a royal warrant from the King of Thailand in 2009.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter takes off from King Power Stadium (Image: PA)

When did he buy Leicester?

Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in August 2010 for £39million.

At the same time as buying the Foxes he agreed a three-year deal to have King Power sponsor the club’s shirts.

He named his son Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha as his vice-chairman.

Leicester’s achievements under Srivaddhanaprabha

Leicester won the Premier League in the 2015-16 in one of the division’s biggest shocks.

The Foxes were rated by the bookmakers as 5000-1 to win the title, but under Claudio Ranieri’s expertise they stunned England.

As a reward for winning the title he bought each of the players a BMW i8 – which was worth £100,000 each.

Did Srivaddhanaprabha own any other football clubs?

Srivaddhanaprabha also owned Belgian football club OH Leuven.

The outfit are managed by former Foxes manager Nigel Pearson are play in the Belgian second tier, also know as the Proximus League.

What we know about helicopter crash

Srivaddhanaprabha was picked up by his helicopter on the pitch at the King Power as he was after every Leicester home game.

Moments after taking off it crashed into the ground in the staff car park.

Pictures immediately after the crash showed a huge fire outside the ground.

Leicestershire police said in a statement: “We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing.”

Srivaddhanaprabha’s wife and family

Leicester chief Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (Image: PA)

He was married to Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha,

The couple have four children together – Voramas, Apichet, Arunroong, and Aiyawatt.

In 2012 the family was bestowed the new family surname Srivaddhanaprabha by the King of Thailand – the name means ‘light of progressive glory’.

Courtesy: mirror.co.uk

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