A businessman and philanthropist, Bill Foley has an extensive background in football and other sports including tremendous success as the founder and owner of the National Hockey League’s 2023 Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights, which began as an expansion team just seven years ago. In global football, Foley is the founder and general partner of Black Knight Football Club, which owns AFC Bournemouth of the Premier League and has a significant investment in FC Lorient of France’s Ligue 1.
In addition, Foley has deep ties to New Zealand including a luxury lodge in Palliser Bay (Wharekauhau Country Estate), several wineries (including Vavasour, Mt Difficulty, Te Kairanga, Martinborough Vineyard and Grove Mill) and a restaurant group (which includes the iconic Soul Bar & Bistro in Auckland and Jervois Steak House in Auckland and Queenstown). Foley Wines is a public company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange and produces almost 600,000 cases of wine annually domestically and internationally. Foley made his first investments in New Zealand in 2008 and his companies currently employ more than 500 Kiwis across the country.
Foley ventured into football in 2022 with the acquisition of AFC Bournemouth (AFCB) of the Premier League. Foley’s financial support and leadership lifted AFCB from potential relegation and secured its place in the Premier League for the current season. Foley and his group have also acquired a significant minority share of FC Lorient in France’s Ligue 1.