Footballer and entrepreneur, Mathieu Flamini has a net worth of £20 million according to Forbes. Despite rumors in the media, the Frenchman is not a billionaire but is extremely wealthy. Flamini co-founded GF Biochemicals with his business partner, Pasquale Granata. Flamini invested a large chunk of his earnings from football into an energy company. His company developed a method to mass produce Levulinic Acid, a potential replacement for all forms of oil eventually. GF Biochemicals are pioneers within their industry, a market that could be worth a mind-boggling £20 billion. The company is based in Italy and now employs 400 people in total. It goes to show not every footballer is stupid, there are intelligent football players making shrew investments off the pitch!
Flamini originally started the company in 2008 and was working on the idea for years behind the scenes. None of his teammates had any idea of his secret billionaire pound project. Flamini has invested millions into the idea and spent years researching ways to create LA on an industrial scale. It looks like the risk will pay off handsomely. Maybe one day he will be rich enough to buy Arsenal!
While Flamini could change the world by decreasing our dependence on non-renewable energy, his footballing career was mediocre to say the least. He began his career playing at Marseille before he was spotted by Arsenal scouts. He joined the Gunners in 2004 and started out as a utility player in his first season, making nine starts and twelve substitute appearances from the bench. Throughout the next three seasons he never really managed to gain a spot in the starting line up. He was always filling in for injured players such as Gilberto Silva, Abou Diaby and Cesc Fabregas.
The Frenchman eventually left the Gunners for AC Milan in 2008 after growing frustrated because of his role in the team. Milan was where he first met entrepreneur Pasquale Granata and became best friends. Both guys had a big interest in environmental issues and decided to start a company together. On the field for Milan, Flamini was once again used mainly as a utility player. Over five seasons in Italy, he only made 97 appearances and scored seven goals. After his contract expired, he trained in London with Arsenal to regain match fitness and look for a new team in the Premier League. Surprisingly Arsenal resigned him as they needed an extra midfielder to add depth to the squad. Initially his first season back was a success, impressing pundits and fans with his performances on the pitch.
He stayed at Arsenal for three seasons before moving to Crystal Palace on a free transfer. The central midfielder only appeared ten times for Crystal Palace and was released at the end of the season. In 2018, Flamini plays in the La Liga with Getafe. He continues to play professionally but more than likely will retire soon to focus more time on running his biotech company. GF Biochemicals has a market value of €30 million today but could be worth significantly more in the future!