The news about the death of Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was confirmed on Sunday following a helicopter crash outside King Power Stadium on Saturday after Leicester’s 1-1 draw against West Ham United. Along with Vichai four other people were also dead in the incident.
The Leicestershire police say the other four victims of the crash are believed to be two members of Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer, and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
As per the reports in CNN we walk down the memory lane to look at how the Thai magnet’s journey in English football.
Srivaddhanaprabha was born as Vichai Raksriaksorn, the name Srivaddhanaprabha, was bestowed upon him in 2013 by then-King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand for his service to the Thai people.
He started King Power in 1989 with a duty-free shop in downtown Bangkok. The chain of duty-free stores has grown to become Thailand’s largest business. Srivaddhanaprabha is listed at No. 388 on the Forbes’ billionaire list, with a net worth of $4.9 billion.
Srivaddhanaprabha son, Aiyawatt known as Top, is a vice chairman. During his tenure as owner, the club rose from the second-tier Championship to the Premier League.
Leicester City FC went on a remarkable run during the 2015-16 season and was dubbed the “Cinderella Team” of the Premier League when it beat tremendous odds to win the title, the club’s first in its 132-year history. The fairytale run had a secret weapon behind them as the chairman along with the Buddhist monks would pray at the stadium to bring the team good luck before home games.
After the triumph he forked out nearly 2 million to buy 19 BMW i8’s for the members of the trophy winning squad.
Apart from buying Leicester City football club in 2010, Srivaddhanaprabha also founded the Thailand Polo Association in 1998, and was the owner of the VR Polo Club in Bangkok. He also owned Belgian football club OH Leuven, whose coach is Nigel Pearson, a former Leicester manager.