Dejphon Chansiri is a distinguished businessman in Thailand. The 46-year-old, who hails from Bangkok, owns companies in real estate and construction.
Chansiri’s father founded the Thai Union Frozen Group, the world’s largest producer of tuna as well as one of the biggest worldwide general seafood producers. Chansiri, who has two brothers, has purchased Sheffield Wednesday for £37.5m, using funds generated from his own businesses. The Owls are now debt free with no loan charges held against Hillsborough Stadium.
Chansiri attended a Wednesday match for the first time on Boxing Day as Stuart Gray’s men recorded a 1-0 victory over Blackpool. His son Att was the mascot. “He was very proud to be a mascot,” he said. “My family is very important to me.” In recent months, Chansiri has familiarised himself with English football.
“Before having interest in buying Sheffield Wednesday, I didn’t have much knowledge about English football,” he said. “But, over the process of doing due diligence and several months of negotiations, I have used that time to learn more about English football as a whole. Now, I feel I’m getting a better grasp of everything.”
Chansiri is a winner, according to outgoing chairman Milan Mandaric.
“His family are very credible by reputation and they stand behind what they say will happen,” he said. “I was very convinced by his personality when we met, getting involved in the love of the club enthusiastically.
“Mr Chansiri’s enthusiasm, his drive to win the games and, of course, financial backing will allow him to be a top chairman for this great club.”