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Mike Ashley

Michael James Wallace "Mike" Ashley is an English billionaire retail entrepreneur in the sporting goods market. He is also the owner of Newcastle United after paying around £135 million to buy the club. Ranked 15th (in Britain only) in the 2012 version of the Forbes Magazine with estimated wealth of £1.5billion he owns major sports brand Sports Direct.

A Sports Direct shop

Record year for Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct empire has enjoyed a surge in sales and profits with group revenue at £2.7bn

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley withdraws from 2015 bonus scheme

The furore over his shares allocation, and the desire to see employees benefit fully, was behind Mike Ashley's bonus rejection, the group said

Sports Direct

Sports Direct going Down Under with flagship stores and online presence

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct tie-up with fashion website MySales will give the Newcastle United owner access to Australia and New Zealand markets

Sports Direct

Sports Direct staff await annual results in anticipation of shares windfall

£180m bonus scheme at Mike Ashley's sports clothing company depends on the retailer growing underlying earnings

Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley to be paid bonus as Sports Direct votes to pay out

Newcastle United owner's multi-million pound windfall is approved at fourth time of asking at special meeting

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Sports Direct to vote again on Mike Ashley bonus

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will find out today if he is to receive a multi-million pound bonus from Sports Direct

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Sports Direct denies Office takeover

Mike Ashley's sports clothing company Sports Direct says it is not considering an offer to buy Office

A Sports Direct shop

Sports Direct will pit itself against its shareholders in bonus battle

Sports Direct wants to grant 25 million shares, worth around £200m, among 3,000 employees, including Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United FC

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

What has gone wrong with England? Why not ask Mike Ashley?

Newcastle United owner could tell you the cost of investing in English talent. It's ridiculously over-priced and could be costing the national side

Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United

Mike Ashley will not allow Newcastle United star Hatem Ben Arfa to leave on the cheap

France schemer is one of a number of Newcastle stars up for sale - but United want a fee for him

Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct to open in Debenhams

Debenhams is to house Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct and Costa in some of its stores, in a trial that is trying to drive a better return from shopping

Newcastle signing Jack Colback

Mark Douglas: Why Newcastle need to present a transfer vision to stop Tyneside mood from curdling

Simply blaming the World Cup for efforts stalling is not good enough - and suggests same mistakes will be made

A Sports Direct shop

Sports Direct buys 4.8% stake in fashion firm MySale amid trading blip

MySale runs flash sales every day, but was listed at 2.26p instead of £2.26 when trading opened

A Sports Direct shop

Sports Direct shareholders to vote on clothes retailer's bonus scheme

Company founder and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley could benefit from latest incentive scheme at sports clothes retailer

Loic Remy

The Agenda: Financial Fair Play? Doesn't feel like it as QPR rise again

Newcastle United lost Loic Remy to QPR in January 2013 and are still feeling the after effects. Harry Redknapp's men, meanwhile, are prospering

A Newcastle United fan arrives at the ground

The Agenda: Will Aston Villa experience alter the NUFC ownership agenda?

Sources reckon Newcastle United might be for sale - but so are half the Premier League clubs reports chief sports writer Mark Douglas

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew - Untouchable!

Don Hutchison: Alan Pardew is untouchable as long as Mike Ashley stays

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has the toughest job in the Premier League next season reckons Don Hutchison

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

The Agenda: Five steps for Alan Pardew to start rehabilitating his reputation

Newcastle United are set to give Pardew the green light to go on

Andros Townsend

Newcastle United look at Spurs winger Andros Townsend

Alan Pardew is keen on adding Tottenham winger Andros Townsend to Newcastle United's squad as part of a British reboot of his Magpies team

Alan Pardew manager of Newcastle United

Alan Pardew pledges to fight with all he's got to keep his job

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is facing a fight for his future with Mike Ashley scrutinising his every move

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