(AsiaNews) - Among young Indonesian business men who in the last five years ,
have established themselves in the economic and business limelight, the 43-year
old Erick Thohir stands out. After
a long period of study in the United States , and relative anonymity , a few
weeks ago he won the covers of major newspapers - European and non - with the
announcement of his next International takeover. A
historic football team, founded in Milan ( Italy ) in 1908 , and one which in its
centennial history has won several major trophies. For
a long time in the hands of the Moratti family , it will end up in the hands of
the Indonesian businessman who , among his objectives wants the team to live up
to its name and make it more "international" .
is the son of co- founder of the most important automotive industries in the
country, Astra International. In
the business world his name is relatively "new", in spite of the
substantial personal assets he can already boast . For
a long time he has stayed away from the covers of TV and newspapers, until
recently, he was known as the owner of some local media agencies.
since last year his name has been associated with the football club Milan and Thohir
has been propelled to the "national" limelight and football is enjoying
- even in Indonesia - a greater visibility. Moreover,
his passion for football is a new one : His first great love is basketball
dating back to the times when he attended university ( majoring in business and
finance) at Glendale University, California.
In the past,
through the company Mahaka Group of which he is owner, he bought the newspaper
Harian Republika inspired by Islam , which was followed by other print media
and radio. But
it is in the sports world that he has carved out his niche, over time:
President of the Federation of Indonesian basketball from 2006 to 2010 , and
for two terms of which the latter still ongoing, president of the Basketball
Federation of South-East Asia
(2006 - 2014). Thohir
was also head of the Indonesian delegation at the London Olympics of 2012.
with the historical partner, American attorney Jason Levien , he has bought (the
first Asian in history to do so) a club in the NBA, the highest league in
American basketball , and American football team DC United, which plays in the Major
his ambitions are moving to Europe and focusing on the most popular sport on
the continent , football ,already a multi-billion dollar business that has
attracted Arabs , Russians, and ( now ) Asians to major European teams like
Chelsea , the Paris St. Germain
and so on. Now
its Italy's turn where , until now , the football teams were linked to the name
of a local entrepreneur : Moratti for Inter Milan, Silvio Berlusconi for AC
Milan, Fiat and the Agnelli family for Juventus. The
only exception is Rome , owned by an American tycoon .
deal with the Moratti family for the purchase of the majority of the shares of
Inter (about 70%) should be completed in the coming days, with a cost of about
350 million euro. This
is confirmation of the personal ambitions of the Indonesian tycoon , who wants
to make the team a reference point at an international level. The operation ,
alongside Erick Thohir , involves Rosan Roeslani and Handy Soetedjo , already partners
in the purchase of a minority stake in the Philadelphia 76ers. Asked
several times about the deal in Italy, Thohir has always wanted to keep a low
profile , playing down enthusiasm . Among
the few jokes on the subject, the phrase " If it is possible fine.
Otherwise it 's okay . I will devote my attention to an Indonesian football team".
for those who know a little bit the way we do business men of the country, this
phrase is further proof of the fact that the deal is imminent and will be