Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was thought of fondly by fans – and not just for leading the club to the unlikeliest of league titles.
It is a ritual known to anyone who attends Leicester City’s home games – the owner’s helicopter taking off from the pitch an hour or two after the final whistle.
Such extravagance is easily forgiven when you have helped give the fans their most memorable days as supporters.
Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was owner and chairman of Leicester when, against odds of 5,000-1, they clinched the 2015-16 Premier League title.
The warmth of the fans had already been won by then, however: free beers and hot dogs all round on his birthdays will do that. Not for him the cynicism or disdain directed towards many a foreign owner of a British football club.
Srivaddhanaprabha’s journey to super riches began humbly: he opened a duty-free shop back in Bangkok in 1989.
Today he is worth £3.8bn, according to Forbes, making him the fifth richest person in Thailand.
He bought Leicester for a reported £39m in 2010 and named his son Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha as his vice-chairman.
The family pumped many millions into improving the squad and the stadium.
Leicester is now worth £371m, according to Forbes.
Reuters reported: A helicopter crashed in the UK on Saturday night carrying billionaire Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his daughter. Also on board were two pilots and a fifth unidentified person, it is still not known if any of them survived. Francesca Lynagh reports
Keen football fan Srivaddhanaprabha also owns Belgian club OH Leuven.
He is married to Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha.
The couple have four children together – Voramas, Apichet, Aroonroong and Aiyawatt.
In 2012 the family was bestowed the new surname of Srivaddhanaprabha by the King of Thailand.
The name means “light of progressive glory”.
Source : Sky News