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.

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Sports Direct ahead of expectations on profit before tax, conference will be told

Retailer Sports Direct to host event for 900 staff and partners, updating them on the company's current and future performance

St James' Park in Newcastle

Why I am giving up my Newcastle United season ticket... and feel relieved

The Journal's Graeme Whitfield on why, after 20 years, he has cancelled his Newcastle United season ticket

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct sells London offices for £44m to Westminster University

The office has made more money than the £38m asking price, while Mr Ashley is also said to have put £200m into a property deal

St James Park is offering business festive lunch for the first time updated

Newcastle United have built up cash reserves of more than £30m, accounts show

Club has increased profit and turnover and saw the ratio of wages to turnover come down to its "desired range"

Sports Direct on Northumberland Street

Sports Direct's sales growth slows after weak winter sports Christmas

Sales at Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct grew 2.6% to £771m over the Christmas period

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Sports Direct increases Debenhams share option

Mike Ashley's company now has the right to buy 16.6% of department store, but will remain a 'supportive stakeholder'

A USC store

Mike Ashley puts USC into administration before buying up under Republic brand

All of the Nottingham-based chain's stores remain open

Sports Direct

Sports Direct grow sales and profits despite England's poor World Cup performance

The chief executive said the results for the six months were solid considering the "adverse impact" caused by England's early departure.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley expands Sports Direct empire with cut-price gym chain

The bargain price Sports Direct gyms, owned by Mike Ashley, will cost just £5 a month in fees in a bid to undercut rivals

Debenhams

Sports Direct increases exposure to Debenhams with share swap

Mike Ashley's sports chain Sports Direct has disposed of a 4.6% shareholding for a 'put option' over a 6.1% stake

Sports Direct

Sports Direct bows to pressure over zero hours contracts

New rules over zero hours contracts come into effect next month at the sportswear giant

Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley edges closer to Rangers control with £2m loan deal

The Newcastle United owner has provided Rangers with a £2m credit facility in return for two seats on the board

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley in bid to oust Rangers directors Graham Wallace and Philip Nash

The Newcastle United owner increased his stake in Rangers earlier this month and now holds 5% of voting rights in the club

Sports Direct buys Debenhams stake

Sports Direct expands its stake in Debenhams

Mike Ashley's sport clothing retailer now has an 11.2% interest in the department store's shares, after investing a further £33m

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Mike Ashley's Sports Direct enters into put option agreement with Tesco

Sports Direct - owned by NUFC owner Mike Ashley - is gambling on Tesco's fortunes rising

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley's long-term plans for Newcastle United in doubt after opening game defeat

Alan Pardew has declared himself as happy as he can be with his side's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City

Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley

Alan Pardew has nothing to moan about after convincing Mike Ashley to spend

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is revelling in the "positivity" surrounding the club

Newcastle United players model the club's new home kit for the 2014/2015 season - made by Puma

Newcastle United have cause for excitement after dark days of last season

A good summer in the transfer market means Newcastle United should start the new season in a much more positive frame of mind

Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley

Sports Direct enters partnership with golf retailer Direct Golf UK

Direct Golf UK says links with Mike Ashley's firm Sports Direct will help it become a leader in its field

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Sports Direct branch into fitness sector with gym acquisitions

NUFC owner Mike Ashley's firm Sports Direct is going up against rival JD Sports with plans to branch into fitness

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