Full name Mourad Boudjellal
Born June 5, 1960, Ollioules
Current age 56 years 231 days
Major teams Toulon
Other Club owner
A multi-millionaire publisher of comic books, Boudjellal took control of Toulon in 2006 has steered the club back to the pinnacle of French rugby.
The son of an Algerian, the entrepreneur founded the publishing company Soleil in the 1980s and having made his fortune took charge of Toulon in 2006 vowing to return the club the France's top division.
He bankrolled the signings of a host of high-profile names like former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga, ex-Australia skipper George Gregan, Springbok Victor Matfield and All Blacks Anton Oliver and Andrew Mehrtens as the club looked to regain their place in the Top 14 and they achieved their goal in 2008.
After cementing their survival in the top flight, Boudjellal dug deep once again to build a side that could challenge for honours with the signing of England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson at the start of the 2009-10 season signalling their intent. Australian rugby league star Sonny Bill Williams was another high-profile recruit as was former French international Phillippe Saint-Andre who took over the coaching reins in 2009 and together they secured Heineken Cup status for the 2010-11 season when England wing Paul Sackey and All Blacks prop Carl Hayman will become the club's latest big-name signings.
Toulon finished in a disappointing eighth position in 2010-11 but that did not discourage Boudjellal from bringing in the likes of Matt Giteau and Bakkies Botha to supplement their array of stars. But in the early part of the 2011-12 season, Boudjellal lost his coach Saint-Andre to the French national side. He opted to bring in Bernard Laporte to replace the former Sale guru.
But Boudjellal struggled to stay out of the headlines after describing Christophe Berdos' officiating of their match against Clermont Auverge as a 'refereeing sodomy'. Boudjellal was hit with a 130-day ban from certain areas of the stadium as a result.
Boudjellal has also financed the club's use of Marseille's 60,000-seater Stade Velodrome for big matches with the exercise proving to be a huge marketing and financial success.