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Leicester City's owner moved in high British and Thai circles

Most successful Thai investor in English football killed in helicopter crash

Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during the lap of honour after a match at King Power Stadium.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The owner of the Leicester City Football Club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday after seeing his team draw 1-1 with West Ham, was one of the five richest men in Thailand. All are Thai-Chinese tycoons who have prospered greatly under the current military government, which seized power in 2014.

According to Forbes magazine in May, the top four tycoons added $25 billion to their combined wealth in 2017. The magazine put Vichai's personal worth at a relatively modest $5.2 billion, but that had increased by $2 billion over the past two years.

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