How much is Dave Whelan Worth? Dave Whelan Net Worth in 2022
Dave Whelan Net Worth: How rich is Dave Whelan? & How much money is Dave Whelan worth? Time to find out!
Dave Whelan is an English former footballer and his current net worth is $220 million.
The former footballer used to play for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra. Today he is the owner of Championship club Wigan Athletic, as well as the chairman of the club until he passed it over to his grandson.
Whelan is also the owner of the DW Stadium, the home of Championship Club Wigan Athletic as well as of Wigan Warriors from rugby league.
Born in Bradford and raised in Wigan, he used to be a member of Blackburn Rovers’ 1960 FA Cup Final team. They lost 3-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers and he didn’t finished the game because a broken leg.
After he broke his leg, Crewe Alexandra F.C. bought Whelan. He played for them for several years before retiring to concentrate fully on his supermarket chains.
He sold his store, Whelan’s Discount Stores, to Ken Morrison for over a million pounds.
His business started as a market stall on Wigan market after working with Howard Brothers on their stall in Blackburn. The business later turned into a grocery store, before going to America. There he studied the self-service supermarket.
Upon his returning to England, he decided to create a supermarket chain. By the late 1960s his business spread across Lancashire with 10 stores.
In 1977 he bought Wigan fishing and sports store JJ Bradburns and rename it into JJB Sports. Soon enough the business started focusing only on sports goods.
Three years after the purchase, the store grew up into a chain of seven stores. It kept expanding through the 1980s and 1990s.
The store even became the UK’s second biggest sports retailer.
In 2007 he sold £50 million of shares of the company, before selling his remaining 29% in June the same year.
Two years later he confirmed he bought the JJB Fitness clubs and stores attached to them.
After he bought Wigan Athletic, when the team were a Division Three team, he promised he would get the team into the Premier League. He kept his promise in 2005.
He also founded the construction of the club’s new JJB Stadium, now the DW Stadium. The stadium opened in 1999 making it one of the largest football stadiums outside the Premier League.