Hobby horses: Superfans and their super toys

Billionaires own the football clubs we support, the nags we bet on and the art we covet, writes Donal Lynch

JP McManus, Dermot Desmond and John Magnier (left)

Andy Warhol once said "the glory of the modern world is that the very rich man and the very poor man enjoy the same things. The average person and the millionaire drink the same Coke". And they very often take an interest in the same things. It's just that the scale is often different. Betting on horses vs owning horses. Five-a-side vs investing in a professional team. Visiting a gallery vs donating the art that hangs on the walls. Their interests are our interests, but they are superfans and investors all rolled into one.