Spotify boss Daniel Ek has been an Arsenal fan since 1991 because of Anders Limpar and is friends with Thierry Henry
A NEW owner would be music to the ears of Arsenal fans, especially if it is the founder of the streaming service Spotify.
Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek, 38, was reportedly set to launch a take-over bid on the Gunners – with help from Gunners legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira earlier this year.
However, a deal with current owner Stan Kroenke seems unlikely for now – the American insisting he doesn’t want to sell the club.
But fans would have been delighted to have seen him sitting alongside his friend Henry in the North London derby on Sunday, cheering on his team.
The song streaming entrepreneur has supported Arsenal since he was eight years old when his favorite player – and compatriot – Anders Limpar honored Highbury.
Ek has been criticized by some of the biggest artists in music – who have complained about the amount of money they received from Spotify.
It could be very useful to him if he takes over at the Em-irates!
He has built an empire worth Â£ 48 billion, of which he is said to have a 12-14% share.
Ek and Arsenal could, of course, be a wedding heaven.
And if it feels like his own wedding, no expense will be spared.
Ek invited friends, including Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, to a beautiful Lake Como setting for a lavish wedding.
Bruno Mars was on hand as the wedding singer, while Hollywood star Chris Rock officiated.
Born and raised in a difficult Stockholm suburb called Ragsved, Ek grew up as a Gooner.
He fell in love with George Graham’s Arsenal in 1991 and it all came from one player – Swedish legend Limpar, who was a gunner from 1990-94.
Ek was revealed to be an Arsenal fan in 2018 in a tweet following a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.
He wrote: “I’ve been an Arsenal fan since 1991 (Anders Limpar). Yet the desperation (normally it’s a roller coaster) this season was something else. First real game, I felt at peace. “
Ek never misses a game from his Â£ 43million home in Sweden, watching games on TV.
He was self-taught. From the age of 14, he owned his own business, he designed websites and taught young people to use Photoshop and the art of programming.
Incredibly, at 16, he was earning more than his father, a mechanic, and his mother, a childminder combined.
However, Google snubbed him because he didn’t have a degree. Maybe they should have looked for him.
“At the time, I was pretty rebellious and I didn’t take no for an answer, so I said, ‘I’m going to compete with them,'” he told the Financial Time.
BIRTH OF SPOTIFY
In 2008, Ek launched Spotify in Europe and three years later it arrived in the United States.
The streaming service came after Napster – a controversial file-sharing service that allowed subscribers to download music to – caused a major line of piracy and was shut down.
But Ek was convinced that Spotify could thrive.
He also believed that if he offered free music to users’ computers with ads, people would pay for a service on their iPhone that would remove the ads.
This was enough to rally several music companies, who allowed Spotify to access their archives for a fee.
Today it has over 155 million subscribers, many of whom pay Â£ 9.99 per month for a premium service.
He’s said to be worth around Â£ 48bn, but the fun and relaxed Ek doesn’t know how much his share is.
âMaybe 12-14%, something like that,â he once said.
WAR FOR HIM
Last year Ek had musicians looking for him when he said “it was not enough” for them “to record music once every three or four years”.
Stars including REM songwriter Mike Mills have said Ek doesn’t understand the work involved in creating successful songs and that they shouldn’t just be produced.
Taylor Swift withdrew her entire catalog from Spotify in 2014, saying artists weren’t getting enough money per stream. She reconciled with the company in 2017.
Spotify has been estimated to pay around Â£ 0.0031 per stream – with some music stars receiving around Â£ 3,000 per million stream.
WEDDING TO BEAT ALL WEDDINGS
With friends in high places, Ek was always going to have an amazing wedding day.
The setting was Italy’s beautiful Lake Como, where the tech guru said ‘yes’ to his longtime girlfriend, Sofia Levander in 2016.
Facebook co-founder Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla, as well as Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson were some of the guests.
But incredibly, Ek asked Hollywood A-lister Rock to officiate the ceremony.
Music, of course, was a big theme. The couple walked down the aisle to the Guns N ‘Roses anthem, November Rain.
Mars was hired as a wedding singer – performing at the reception and appropriately singing her hit Marry You.
Before settling in, Ek lived the high life: “Buying sports cars, going to expensive nightclubs, splashing people with champagne and things like that,” he once said.
But now, at 38, he’s more responsible with his money.
“What I learned was that it wasn’t for me and, in fact, I feel pretty empty after doing this.”
He is now a father of two, who is very fond of his two daughters, Elissa and Colinne, and is said to prefer nights at his Â£ 43million house on the outskirts of Stockholm.
If he takes over at Arsenal, you can bet he won’t be watching games on his big screen there.
There will be a nice soft seat waiting for her in the directors’ lodge. It is the dream of the king of the brook.