Hot on the heels of the announcement that AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes will become a stakeholder in Malaysia’s national carrier, it appears the serial entrepreneur has been busy fulfilling other non-aviation related ambitions too. Fernandes is close to taking over a controlling stake in English football club Queens Park Rangers, according to a report in the Financial Times.
On his Twitter profile, Fernandes describes himself as a "loyal West Ham fan". He has tried and failed in the past to buy a majority stake in that east London club and told the BBC: "I kind of love West Ham very much and I can't imagine supporting anyone else".
But he is now poised to buy a 51% stake in rival QPR from sports entrepreneur Bernie Ecclestone, with the remainder stake being held by Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, according to the FT report. What will fellow Hammers fans make of that?
Shirt sponsor too?
QPR’s three-year, £7m sponsorship deal with Bahrain’s Gulf Air ended in June this year. The club says it is already close to signing up a new shirt sponsor and recently revealed the third shirt for the 2011-2012 Premier League season - red and white squares. Perfect for embedding the red and white AirAsia logo, don't you think?