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Randy Lerner

Randy Lerner is owner and chairman of Aston Villa FC. On top of paying £62 million for the club in 2007, he has invested heavily in equity and loans and has underwritten the club’s losses. He graduated from Columbia Law School and is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bar Association. He worked as a lawyer in New York before entering the business world. He made about around £620 million from the sale of American football team Cleveland Browns to Jimmy Haslam in 2012.

The VMF restaurant at Aston Villa will close next month after five years of trading and training

Aston Villa's popular Restaurant VMF to close

The restaurant - rated Birmingham's seventh-best on Tripadvisor - closes its doors for the last time in July

Sharon Osbourne is at No.28 on the 2015 Post Rich List with husband Ozzy

Rich List 2015: Lack of women leaves wealthy club all the poorer

There are no independently-wealthy females on the 2015 Birmingham Post Rich List – an “unacceptable” position according to business and community leaders.

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Rich List 2015: No.4 - Randy Lerner

Randy Lerner, despite wishing to sell Aston Villa, continues to put his hand in his pocket for the club.

The Rich List is in the January 22nd edition of the Birmingham Post

Rich List 2015: The Midlands' wealthiest top 50

Photo gallery and this year's Birmingham Post Rich List

New Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox

Aston Villa appoint Tom Fox as chief executive

Villa swoop on Arsenal for new chief following departure of Paul Faulkner

Paul Faulkner, who is stepping from his role as chief executive of Aston Villa FC

Aston Villa chief executive stands down

Paul Faulkner leaves club 'on good terms' after failing to reach agreement with Randy Lerner on future role

Villa Park

Randy Lerner turns full attention to football as Aston Villa buyer hunt continues

Two-month search for takeover party bears no fruit as Villa owner keen to return attention back to football matters

Randy Lerner

Randy Lerner puts Aston Villa up for sale

Villa's American owners says he owes it to the club move and seek fresh leadership

Villa Park

Accounts reveal Aston Villa has made four-year loss of £162m

The club, which has posted a cumulative loss of £162 million in the past four years, saw the deficit rise by more than £34 million in the year to May 31, 2013

Birmingham Post Rich List 2014

Birmingham Post Rich List 2014

A rundown of the top 50 richest people in the Midlands.

Birmingham Post Rich List 2014

Birmingham Post Rich List 2014: Property most popular for profits

The rise and rise of the super-rich in the West Midlands continued last year with property being the most popular route to mega-millions.

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Birmingham Post Rich List 2014: No.3 - Randy Lerner (£1bn)

Randy Lerner became a popular figure when he put his money where his mouth is to invest in the Premier League club six years ago.

Villa manager Paul Lambert, Acorns CEO David Strudley, Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner

Acorns Hospice gets a £3m boost from link-up with Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s partnership with Acorns has raised around £3 million in five years – and promoted the children’s hospice group to the ‘Premier League’ of charities.

Birmingham Post Rich List 2013

Birmingham Post Rich List 2013: Counting one's wealth

While the chattering classes are fretting about double dips and triple dips, our top 50 wealth-makers have seen their 2012 fortunes grow in truly Olympian style

Rich List 2013: No.5 - Randy Lerner (£1.1bn)

Aston Villa fans frustrated by their team’s continuing lack of silverware and flirtations with the relegation zone will be hoping the rumours are true.

Rich List 2012

Birmingham Post Rich List 2012: The rich get richer in the Midlands

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Rich List 2011

Birmingham Post's 2011 Rich List hints at private sector recovery

If the coalition government is looking to the private sector to take up the employment slack of public sector cuts, then the Birmingham Post Rich List is probably a good barometer for predicting how successful that aspiration will be.

Economic downturn sees fortunes drop in Birmingham Post Rich List

Ian Strachan compiles a list of the top 50 wealthiest people in the region and describes how they have been weathering the financial storm.

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