Danny Fiszman

Daniel David Fiszman (9 January 1945 – 13 April 2011) was an English diamond dealer, best known as a shareholder in and director of Arsenal Football Club, and played a leading role in the club's move from Highbury to Ashburton Grove, now known as Emirates Stadium.

Early life

Fiszman was born in Willesden, North London[1] and was the son of a Belgian couple who fled the Nazis during World War II.


Fiszman made his fortune in diamonds, building Star Diamonds Group which traded in rough diamonds.[2] Star Diamonds Group also owns 16% of Abbeycrest, whose major clients include Argos and Asda. He sold the group in 2007 for £150M, to concentrate on his role in completing Arsenal's new stadium.[3]

Other shareholdings took his total worth to around £236m, ranking him 348th on the 2008 Sunday Times Rich List[4] (351st in 2007, 273rd in 2006, 305th in 2005 and 207th in 2004).

Arsenal Football Club

Fiszman bought into Arsenal Football Club and became a board member through his purchase of an 8% stake from his friend David Dein, starting with 10,000 shares in 1991.[1] Fiszman slowly increased his stake to 24%, the largest shareholder as at 27 September 2007,[5] at which point he led the building of the new Ashburton Grove stadium.

In March 2007 Fiszman sold a block of 659 shares for over £3.9m to Stan Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE).[6] This was a significant sale as reducing his stake to less than 25% resulted in a loss of veto rights over any future changes to the company statutes. Speculation linked this with a move abroad where he would substantially reduce any Capital Gains Tax liability that would come with a sale of his stake in the club.[7] Fiszman stated his desire not sell any more of his shares for the foreseeable future,[8] after the sale of 5,000 ordinary shares to Kroenke takes the American's stake in Arsenal Holdings plc to 12,756 Shares (representing 20.5%). On 27 March 2009 Fiszman sold 5,000 ordinary shares of £1 each in Arsenal Holdings plc to KSE, UK, Inc, at a price of £8,500 per share.[9] On 11 April 2011, two days before his death, he sold his Arsenal shares amounting to 16.11% of club's stake to KSE, due to his declining health.[10]

Personal life

Fiszman and his wife Sally lived in St Prex near Geneva, Switzerland. His hobbies included running and flying – he was a fully qualified commercial jet pilot. Fiszman had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer at the time of his death.[11]

He died on 13 April 2011 aged 66.[12]


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  2. "Graff ranked as 36th richest in Britain". DIB Online. 12 June 2006. Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  3. David Bond (20 April 2007). "Fiszman the power behind throne". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  4. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/specials/rich_list/article3768855.ece. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. Wyett, Charlie (9 May 2007). "Who's who on Gunners board". The Sun. London.
  6. "Arsenal Holdings plc – Director's Shareholding". Plus Markets Group. Archived from the original on 3 March 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  7. Matt Scott. "Digger: major shareholder reduces stake in Arsenal". The Guardian.
  8. Rippleffect Ltd. "Fiszman – My position is absolutely clear". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014.
  9. Rippleffect Ltd. "Club Statement: Arsenal Holdings plc". Archived from the original on 2 April 2009.
  10. "Arsenal investor Fiszman 'sell shares'". Plus-sx. 11 April 2011. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012.
  11. "Charles Sale: Danny Fiszman's fight is worry for Arsenal". Daily Mail. London. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  12. "Danny Fiszman 1945–2011". Arsenal F.C. 13 April 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
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