Gino Pozzo is an Italian businessman, managing director, and legal owner of Watford Football Club, which owns a sports investment group focused on football.
Gino Pozzo is the eldest of four siblings and was born in Italy. He has a brother, Raffaele Pozzo, the third-generation family member to run Watford Football Club after taking over from their father, Giuseppe Pozzo, in 2012. His sister Fiorella runs Fulham Football Club, while his other brother Paolo is a part-owner of the Italian football team Udinese Calcio and English football team Reading FC through Gino’s investment company Exor Sports Partners.
Gino Pozzo is the current owner and managing director of Watford Football Club, which play in the Premier League, and Udinese Calcio, which plays in Serie A. He has made regular investments in both teams and helped them maintain their place in the top tier of English and Italian football, respectively.
From 2007 until 2012, he was mainly involved with Watford FC, investing about £4 million into the club’s operation. In 2008, he bought a share of the club, valued at £1.5m. Gino Pozzo became an integral part of Watford F.C., with the club often saying that he was the one who broke the club’s transfer record in 2011.
In 2012, he took over Udinese Calcio by purchasing a stake of 25% worth about £5m. He has had a huge impact on Serie A and helped take it to the 3rd place finish in 2012 after many years of struggling due to declining attendance and loss in value of their brand. He was involved with many key decisions regarding their financial and footballing affairs, with their president Nicola Salerno often thanking him for all his work on behalf of Udinese Calcio. In his two years as an owner until 2013, he helped Udinese achieve promotion back to Serie A, where they now play. Refer to this article for additional information.
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