I’ve just had a look through the Sunday Times’ annual list of the 1,000 richest people in Britain to see who they reckon the richest Britons in motor racing are.
Here are the ones I was able to find – do let me know if you think I’ve missed any. No prizes for guessing who came out on top…
24th Bernie Ecclestone (and Slavica Ecclestone) £2,400m – Owns the commercial rights to F1
136th Paddy McNally £610m – Former owner of Allsports which sells advertising signage at F1 races
214th Lawrence Tomlinson £400m – Runs care homes and owns Team LNT which runs Le Mans Endurance Series and Formula Ford teams
558th Martin Birrane £144m – Runs Lola and owns Modello Park racing circuit.
616th The Marquess of Bute (Johnny Dumfries) £125m – Aristocrat who drove for Lotus alongside Ayrton Senna in 1986
616th Tom Wheatcroft £125m – Former owner of Donington Park which held the 1993 European Grand Prix
644th Flavio Briatore £120m – Team boss at Renault and owns several business interests including his Billionaire brand and QPR football club
644th Eddie Irvine £120m – 1999 championship runner-up and former team mate of Michael Schumacher who made money out of property after retiring from F1 six years ago
701st Paul Stoddart £115 – Australian who owned Minardi from 2001-2005 and made his money running an airline
724th Ron Dennis £110m – Mclaren boss whose estimated wealth grew by £30m since last year despite the spygate episode
Also at 158th I noticed John Christodoulou – I wondered if he was related to Formula Renault drivers Riki and Adam?
There were some ore familiar names in the list of richest young people (those aged 30 and under):
9th Valentino Rossi £75m – Italian multiple Moto GP champion who lives in Britain
13th Jenson Button £35m – Honda F1 driver
34th Lewis Hamilton £15m – McLaren F1 driver
65th Dan Wheldon £7m – British Indy Car champion and Indy 500 winner
65th James Toseland £7m – British Moto GP rider