Hmm, I think you're grossly exaggerating the quality of the article. You refer to 'honesty, integrity and knowledge', I just see a basic regurgitation of some facts that are already in the public domain, and that have already been written about plenty.
I agree with @sam of the south that it reads like someone trying to stir up a story, when they have very little to go on. Flimsy to say the least.
Usmanov's company, which is presumably named after first 3 letters of name, has just paid a huge amount to sponsor our training ground and our bum crevices, it creates a reasonable whiff of suspicion, curiosity at least. He's either incredibly happy to assist Moshiri in his ambitions, to the point that if he isn't on board, he might as well be, or he is. I think to suggest otherwise is blinkered or defensive on behalf of potentially shady deals, nothing to see here, I don't want to know. The vast majority of Moshiri's wealth by all accounts, is near a £1b worth of shares in USM, which he can't sell without Usmanov's say so.
I think there is probably some confirmation bias from both sides. I'm not saying it's one of his best articles, I'm saying I regard the journalist in high regard and some will find it interesting. He's knowledgeable and accurate on details, but I think it's worth valuing, even more so in current climate. Several years back I remember fans lambasting journalists for not searching under every stone in opposition to Kenwright, our deals and finances, Philip Green, Vibrac etc. Conn was one of only a few journalists in national papers who showed interest or demonstrated knowledge of what he was commenting on, not that many others didn't try.
There is no indication that Usmanov would look to disrupt things or dictate, but rather he could see or have been offered investment opportunities, but also reasons to not seem involved. They have been hand in glove when it comes to investments. We had Philip Green on the board via an absent Robert Earl, Moshiri isn't just providing far more investment, now we have direction, ambition and a plan. He resonates well with ambitious Evertonian better than Bill, respects the traditions of the club, while investing hundreds of millions. It's a huge improvement, we are recruiting elite staff to new roles. Moshiri has been hands on at the right times, in all the right areas so far
The long and short of it is, that I have nothing but praise for Moshiri, but I have no doubt Usmanov would have been consulted, if he knows Moshiri would invest significantly, it's a decent opportunity to be offered. Usmanov wants to keep his Arsenal shares, but isn't going to help Kroenke by investing or be allowed to be involved. He got the majority of his shares in Arsenal in 2007 when club was valued around £300m, it's now valued at over £1.5b. Moshiri has acquired 49.9% of Everton with options to increase shareholding supposedly to 75%, that values the club around £175m. Moshiri has worked for Deloitte's, but you didn't need to be an expert to realise we probably had more value than that on the pitch. £50m for Stones, more for Lukaku if wanted etc.
These are good reads on relationship between Moshiri and Usmanov. I think once you understand the relationship better, there is less anxiety and fear about it. Even if Moshiri is a front man for Usmanov, he's a very good one and we'll benefit hugely from it, delegation on a giant scale. Usmanov isn't an owner at Arsenal and technically Moshiri isn't an outright owner either until he breaks 50%. My interpretation is that depends on a new stadium being built, and maybe that is where Usmanov's interest comes from, if nowhere else. See if knows someone who's got some steel for sale or could help underwrite such a project.http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-russia-summit-usmanov-idUSBRE88R0WK20120928https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-02-06/russian-billionaire-usmanov-links-fortune-to-partnershiphttp://iran-times.com/with-his-russian-buddy-iranian-now-a-billionaire/
“With time, Moshiri actually became my financial mentor,” Usmanov said. “I appreciate his honesty and his encyclopedic knowledge of finance and investments, although some of my most successful investments I did contrary to his opinion.”
“Moshiri also didn’t believe in the prospects for investments in Facebook and Groupon,” said Usmanov in an April 2012 phone interview with Bloomberg News. His hesitation did not prevent Usmanov from allowing him the chance to participate, which has given Moshiri holdings through DST in publicly-traded Facebook Inc., Zynga Inc. and Groupon Inc., as well as other investments in a number of closely-held technology companies, including Twitter Inc. USM did not disclose how much Moshiri and Skoch may have paid to make those investments, or their exact stakes.
In 1989, Farhad Moshiri was an émigré in London pulling a paycheck at Deloitte & Touche when he met Alisher Usmanov. Now, after a two-decade alliance with Russia’s current richest man, the Iranian-born accountant is a billionaire himself.
Usmanov, 58, rewarded Moshiri, 56, for years of service as an adviser and confidant in 2008, granting him a 10 percent stake in Gallagher Holding Ltd, through which Usmanov controls Metalloinvest.
“He was consulting me for decades on different deals and exercised his option, fairly getting the stake,” Usmanov said in a telephone interview from Moscow. Usmanov and Moshiri both declined to elaborate on the terms of the option.
Metalloinvest accounts for the bulk of Usmanov’s fortune, which has swelled to more than $20 billion through timely bets on tech companies including Facebook Inc. (FB), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s richest people. Metalloinvest is worth at least $16 billion, valuing Moshiri’s share at a minimum of $800 million. The company values itself at as much as $20 billion, Chief Executive Officer Eduard Potapov said in February.
And finally, this explains the situation at the club quite thoroughly and with plenty of detail. Warning: It also stirs the pot for the easily offended. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-majority-investor-farhad-moshiri-11415873