Sir Alex Ferguson made £4m in the first year of his retirement from football management, new figures have revealed.
The legendary Manchester United manager’s personal company posted an impressive set of results from the 12 months after he called time on his 26-year Old Trafford career.
The Glaswegian has raked in millions from book deals, personal appearances and public speaking engagements.
Latest accounts for his company, ACF (Alexander Chapman Ferguson) Sports Promotions, show it had total assets of £11,385,431 for the year up to June 30, 2014.
That included investment property valued at more than £1m and more than £7m held in a bank account.
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The company, which is used to channel Ferguson’s earnings, owed £7,475,418 to unnamed creditors, leaving Ferguson with a profit of £3,909,913 for the year.
That is more than double the figure of £1,598,415 which the firm reported in accounts for the previous year.
Ferguson, who retired in May of 2013, receives £2m for working 20 days a year as a Manchester United ambassador.
His autobiography has sold around one million copies and he also has engagements on the most prestigious speaking circuit in the world.
PAFormer Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson poses with his new autobiography before a book signing at a supermarket in Manchester, northern England October 24, 2013.
Ferguson, 73, is listed with some prominence by the Harry Walker Agency in New York, alongside stellar names such as Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Kofi Annan, Buzz Aldrin and Bono.
He is available for motivational speaking at £100,000 a go, and has already travelled to locations such as the Far East to fulfil such commitments.
While Ferguson and his wife Cathy have been listed as directors of ACF since 1988, a change came in 2012 when their three sons joined the board in preparation for their father’s career change.
On November 29, 2012, Jason Ferguson, his twin Darren and eldest brother Mark also became directors of ACF.
Earlier this week it was announced that Ferguson will embark on a speaking tour later this year to promote his latest book, entitled ‘Leading’.
Co-written with investor and author Sir Michael Moritz, the book will investigate Ferguson’s years of management in Scotland and at Manchester United to reveal the key tools he used to deliver sustained success on and off the field.
He will be at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on September 28 and Aberdeen’s Music Hall on October 1 speaking to Nicky Campbell.
Speaking last year, Ferguson told Manchester United’s in-house TV channel, MUTV, that he was enjoying life away from the dugout.
“I think the most important thing I’ve had to do is be active, and I’ve been active,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of things going. I’ve been travelling a bit, I’ve done things I’ve wanted to do and I love watching the team from a different perspective. That’s been interesting.
“I’m carrying on the things I’m doing. I’ve got things planned for the first half of next year. I’ve got a few leadership speeches. I’ve got my work with UNICEF, Uefa, my United ambassadorial work so there’s plenty there for me to do.
“My problem now is getting time for relaxation but I’m enjoying it, I really am.”