Profile of Portsmouth FC new owner Sulaiman Al Fahim

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With Sulaiman Al Fahim taking over Pompey, the Fratton faithful are getting a huge personality in the boardroom.

And one of world's most expensive cars could be parked outside the ageing ground when he jets in on matchdays.

While outgoing Pompey owner Alexandre Gaydamak has continually shunned the limelight,billionaire Al Fahim loves the attention.

In the Arab world he is part of Dubai's super-rich elite and star of his own reality television show The Hydra Executives - our version of The Apprentice.

To boot he is author of the best-selling book Brand Builder, and has in the last year scooped an International Achievement award at the Middle East Awards in Dubai.

Dubai reporter Anil Bhoyrul, who writes for the website ArabianBusiness.com, said Al Fahim was a great character who was a regular feature in Arabic media.

He said: 'He is very charismatic, he's a big people person who is very entertaining.

'His catchphrase is "Impress Me" and he follows that through with his actions.

'He is very exciting to be around.'

The 32-year-old United Arab Emirates businessman also has a deep love for football and has already been a Premier League frontman.

Al Fahim represented the United Arab Emirates Royal family when they bought Manchester City from former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for 210m last summer.

It was the first major takeover of a Premier League club by an Arabic group, after an aborted attempt by Dubai International Capital to buy Liverpool FC in 2006.

Since last summer though Al Fahim and Manchester City have distanced themselves from each other.

In January Dr Al Fahim was interviewed by former newspaper editor and Britain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan.

During the meeting he took Morgan for a ride in his private jet, explaining his take on the importance of money and living a lavish lifestyle.

The highlight of the trip was a ride in his car - the world's only Versace Lamborghini Murcielago.

The supercar cost him 400,000 more than a standard model just to add the Versace interior trimmings, and another 1.6m went on a number plate.

Away from the flash living and high-rise homes Al Fahim is a keen sportsman.

He is a regular chess player who represented his country at youth level and is president of the UAE Chess Association.

Through his company Hydra Properties, Al Fahim has investment in Dubai sports television, a Costa Rican soccer team and the German Bundesliga football league.

Al Fahim is currently building a new football academy in Abu Dhabi with Italian football giants Internazionale.

And he is currently the president of the Arab Union for Real Estate Development, part of the Arab League.

The tycoon also has a strong United Nations presence as a goodwill ambassador.

He has recently been working with Remigio Maradona - cousin of soccer legend Diego Maradona - in the UN battle against malnutrition and represents an intergovernmental institution that promotes the use of the food additive Spirulina< corr>. This can be used to combat malnutrition and help people in poorer countries.

Business leaders said Al Fahim would be a massive boost to the city as a whole.

Maureen Frost, chief executive of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire's Chamber of Commerce, said: 'He is undoubtedly one of the world's biggest businessmen and it will be of great benefit to Portsmouth that he has come here.

'Portsmouth's cup success came from the investment the current owner put in and hopefully he can secure the club's future.

'That will have a positive effect on business here, showing large companies that billionaires are prepared to invest.'

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