Who is the richest football referee? Born in Oldenzaal, near the border with Germany, Bjorn Kuipers has made a name for himself as not just a successful football referee, but also as one of the richest in his profession.
Hailing from a family of referees, Kuipers followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, carving out a successful career in the world of officiating.
Kuipers retired in August 2021 after officiating the Johan Cruyff Shield final match between Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.
This match marked the end of an illustrious career that saw him achieve numerous milestones and accumulate a significant fortune.
One of Kuipers’ most notable achievements was becoming the first Dutch referee to conduct a UEFA Euro final.
In July 2021, he officiated the final between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium in London.
This high-profile assignment further solidified his reputation as one of the top referees in the game.
Throughout his career, Kuipers had the opportunity to officiate several other prestigious matches, including the 2018 UEFA Europa League final, the 2014 UEFA Champions League final, and the 2013 UEFA Europa League final.
His impressive track record also includes officiating the 2011 UEFA Super Cup match, the 2009 UEFA U-21 European Championship final, and the 2006 European U-17 Championship final.
Despite being widely regarded as one of the richest referees in the world, Kuipers missed out on officiating the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
With the Netherlands national team reaching the semi-finals, his chances were dashed, and the honor was given to Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli.
In an interview before his retirement, Kuipers reflected on his career and the impact it had on his life.
He mentioned the constant juggling of schedules and the dedication required to be a referee.
However, he expressed his desire to remain involved in the world of arbitration and continue his entrepreneurial pursuits, including his ownership of two supermarkets.
As he embarks on a new chapter, Kuipers leaves behind a legacy of success and financial prosperity.
His estimated fortune of £11.5 to £12 million surpasses the earnings of some of the world’s top football stars.
This article was updated 2 months ago