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Bilkul Football WBA completes West Bromwich Albion takeover

Shilen Patel sitting in the home dressing room looking at the camera surrounded by WBA home shirts

Bilkul Football WBA, LLC – a company ultimately owned by Florida-based entrepreneur Shilen Patel and his father Dr Kiran C. Patel – has acquired an 87.8% shareholding in West Bromwich Albion Group Limited, the parent company of West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

The takeover, which received EFL approval earlier this month, completed on Wednesday afternoon.

Shilen Patel, who has been named Chairman of the football club, is a serial investor with experience in technology, healthcare, sport, real estate, finance, food & beverage, and numerous other sectors across five continents. He has owned a minority shareholding in Serie A club Bologna FC 1909 since 2014. 

Shilen Patel said: “I am delighted and humbled to become the new custodian of West Bromwich Albion Football Club.  

“Today marks the beginning of an exciting project for the club to regain its standing as a consistent Premier League presence. 

“Success does not occur overnight, but it is my ambition to build on the club’s current and historical strengths and surround West Bromwich Albion with high quality stakeholders at home and globally. 

"I am also fortunate to be inheriting and continuing the great work of The Albion Foundation at home and abroad.

“I am in awe of the opportunity to help write the next chapter in Baggies history and am committed to being a responsible, respectful, and effective steward of the club.”

  • Shilen Patel