Manor Ground: Firoz Kassam

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Firoz Kassam, the owner of the Manor Ground, entered the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time in 2001, at equal 325th. His entry reads as follows:

Tanzanian-born Kassam, 46, owns the London Park hotel at Elephant & Castle in southeast London. It has a Home Office contract to house asylum seekers. He is also a franchisee for Holiday Inn. His main operation, Firoka (Kings Cross), made £2.9m profit on sales of £12.5m in 1999 It has net assets of almost £50m. He chairs Oxford United football club and last year paid £15m for the Heythrop Park mansion in Oxfordshire. His total assets reach £100m.

Firoz Kassam said that he would be very reluctant to have the new Oxford United football stadium named after himself (Oxford Mail, 23 January 2001). But just over three months later on on 8 May it was announced that the new stadium at Minchery Farm was to be known as the Kassam Stadium!

In spring 2003 Kassam was reckoned to have increased his fortune to £76m:

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