Sunderland AFC are currently owned by a holding company by the name of Madrox - which is a holding company set up by chairman Stewart Donald when he acquired the club from Ellis Short in May 20018.
Madrox owns Sunderland AFC and all of its property including the Stadium of Light and its esteemed category one academy the Academy of Light.
Donald is the principle shareholder of Madrox, and therefore the football club.
The former Eastleigh owner is believed to hold around 74% of the club shares, while his business partner Charlie Methven- a former executive director of the club who resigned in 2019 but kept his shares, is believed to own around 6%.
The remaining shares, around 20%, are controlled by Uruguayan businessman and politician Juan Sartori. Initially planning to have an active role in the football club, Sartori, the son-in-law of Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, took a back seat after announcing his decision to run for presidency in his native Uruguay - something which he ultimately failed to do.
He is still listed as a board member at the club, holding the position of director, with Donald chairman.
Complimenting them on the board are Neil Fox as executive director. Fox is a long-term business associate of Donald who held shares in Donald's insurance company Bridle, and also served as a director at Eastleigh during Donald's ownership there.
Angela Lowes is financial director of the club. Ms Lowes has held that role at the club since 2000.
Finally, the club appointed two new non-executive directors in November 2019 following the departures of Methven and Tony Davison.
Tom Sloanes is a Sunderland-born businessman whose past dealings are in the bookmaking business. He dealt with the club during the 2018-19 season when he signed a deal with his Betdaq company to become the club's shirt sponsor, before forfeiting that right to the Children With Cancer charity for the 2019-20 season while still paying the agreed deal. The decision was made as the company stepped up its efforts to promote gambling awareness in football.
The final board member is Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones, who previously served in a similar role for Oxford United who both Donald and Methven support. Jones used his connections to help Oxford's business and is expected to do the same at Sunderland.
As of December 2019, the football club are currently up for sale. Donald released a statement saying he was actively looking to sell the club after a fan protest for him to leave.
Earlier that year he secured a loan held against his holding company of Madrox from the FPP group - three American investors who had initially shown interest in buying the club outright.
Their loan to Madrox is believed to have been in the £9m region, with FPP gaining control of Madrox, and by default the club, if that repayment is defaulted in the agreed time which is unknown to the public.