What a surprise coup!
BLICK reported in mid-October 2019 that Chinese investors are interested in the GC brand. But nobody expected that a woman from the Middle Kingdom would buy the 134-year-old traditional Zurich club.
The price that the petite Chinese woman will pay the previous majority shareholders Stephan Anliker and Peter Stüber for the GC securities is secret. Also how many millions Jenny Wang Jinyuan plans to invest in GC over the next four or five years. Speculations range from 40 to 60 million.
Art lover, ex-journalist and news anchor
The independent entrepreneur Jenny Wang Jinyuan has been known in China primarily as an art lover. The former journalist and news anchor is ranked No. 35 among art collectors across Asia. Together with her husband Guo Guangchang (53) she runs the Fosun Foundation, a futuristic gallery in the middle of Shanghai,
Fosun? A light comes on for the industry expert. Guangchang, whose current fortune is estimated at $ 6.7 billion by the US business magazine «Forbes», is also the owner of Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers with his Fosun group. When Guangchang, currently No. 24 of the Chinese super-rich, which Wolves took over in the summer of 2016, they were also only second-rate, like GC now. Now they get involved on the island at the top. In the corona crisis, the wolves are ranked six, just two points behind Manchester United.
Sky Sun (36) becomes the new president
Who made contact with Cristiano Ronaldo’s manager Jorge Mendes at GC is also (still) secret. The Portuguese Mendes works closely with Guangchang. And probably let his relationships play in the latest deal. The Chinese Sky Sun (36) is the director of the Wolves. He is now the new president of GC.
Will the GC campus in Niederhasli soon only speak Chinese and cook? No!
Fredy Bickel has to clear the desk
The previous interim president and former vice-boss Andras Gurovits sits alongside Jenny Wang and her compatriot Sun on the three-member board of directors. Gurovits, until today the only board member at GC, was in charge of the numerous takeover talks (also with other interested parties). But the previous managing director Fredy Bickel has to clear his desk.
The management team now includes Adrian Fetscherin, most recently managing director at EHC Arosa, and from 2012 to 2014, in the last successful period of GC (cup winner and vice champion) at Blauweiss. The Dutchman Bernard Schuiteman as sports director. He has worked in scouting at Manchester United and until now at Wolves. Ex-GC junior and HSG graduate Samuel Haas and the previous player consultant Shqiprim Berisha are also new.
You can find the entire Grasshopper Club media release here.