English billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe has confirmed his interest in buying Manchester United.
He is one of Britain's richest men with an estimated net worth of £23.4 billion - but how much do we know about the 70-year-old businessman?
Born James Arthur Ratcliffe in Failsworth in Greater Manchester in 1952, he is said to have lived in a council house until the age of 10, when his family moved to East Yorkshire.
His first job was with oil giant Esso, but he decided to broaden his skills into finance by studying management accounting from 1978 to 1980.
Ratcliffe is now chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ineos chemicals group which he founded in 1998.
In 2018, he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to business and investment.
He is a Manchester United supporter and a big sports fan, already being involved with a number of different sports clubs.
Ineos group already owns two football clubs, Nice in France and Swiss club Lausanne.
On 19 March 2019, Ratcliffe purchased the Team Sky cycling franchise, subsequently rebranded Team Ineos.
In February 2020 Ineos became principal partners of Mercedes AMG F1, signing a five-year agreement with the team.
He initially expressed an interest in buying Manchester United in August 2022 but was turned down.
Now, a spokesperson for Ineos has said: "We can confirm that the statement in The Times is correct. We have formally put ourselves into the process."
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