By Nnamdi Odumody
FC Barcelona star defender Gerard Pique earns an annual salary of $14.7million from his club and $3million from endorsements, but his recent investments might make him the first footballer to become a billionaire.
In 2011, Pique launched a social networking video game designing startup Kerad Games which produced the successful online football game ‘’Golden Manager’’ which has six million users, an E-Sports Company in 2016 and partnered Pro Evolution Soccer maker Konami two years later.
He launched the Kosmos Group which has interests in sports and entertainment content creation and tennis management with Hiroshi Mikitani, the Japanese billionaire founder of Rakuten, Mike Evans, Nullah Sarker and Edmund Chu.
Kosmos Studios is a media and content company which creates premium sports and entertainment content. It produced the first ever documentary on French and Atletico Madrid star forward, Antoinne Griezmann, where he stated his decision to remain at his club when an impending transfer to rivals FC Barcelona seemed likely. Other projects scheduled are Pique plus series with several football stars. Kosmos might likely produce the first all access FC Barcelona documentary for the club and all its players.
Kosmos Tennis is focused on the development and management of global tennis events. It is run by Javier Alonso, former director of Dorna, and Fernando Soler, former head of IMG Tennis. Kosmos Tennis will invest $3 billion over 25 years in the highly rated Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. It will partner with the International Tennis Federation to transform the tournament.
In December 2018, Kosmos Group announced a controlling stake in Andorra FC.
With an MBA in Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports from Harvard University and an ambition to become the President of FC Barcelona after his retirement from playing the round leather game on the field, he seems prepared for a career redesign to the boardroom.