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Liverpool Football Club was touted around some of the richest men in the world in a desperate effort to find a buyer.
The club was offered for sale to the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, various Arab leaders and, it is believed, a Chinese consortium as the club tried to persuade owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to give up control at Anfield.
The approach to Gates is revealed in legal documents unearthed by the Liverpool Echo from the court battle between Mill Financial, Gillett and the Royal
The founder of Microsoft and whose net worth is estimated at $85.2 billlion (about £68.5 billion), was approached as part of a worldwide trawling exercise. The response of Gates and the others approached is not recorded in the court papers.
The US owners, under pressure from the fans, eventually agreed to sell the club in April 2010 and brought in Barclays Capital to find potential buyers.