The richest men in motor racing

Bernie Ecclestone, Spa-Francorchamps, 2007, 470150

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

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17 comments on The richest men in motor racing

  1. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th April 2008, 11:43

    I think if they own property in the UK or work here then they’re counted. Schumacher doesn’t, so he’s not on the list.

  2. I believe Flavio has a house in London (he has a house almost everywhere else…), which would explain his presence as an "honourary Brit" on the list.

    I was about to ask why Coulthard wasn’t on the list, but of course he’s over 30 now, so suddenly he’d need a lot more money to feature on the main list rather than the "youth" one…

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