As we are gearing up for Monaco F1 GP 2013 with all the excitement that entails, we decided to take a look at the people that make it all happen – The racing drivers!
Not only do they have what must be one of the most exciting jobs in the world, they are also some of the highest paid professionals out there.
So who is in the lead when it comes to the size of their bank account?
Let’s take a look at the Top Ten Richest Racing drivers.
10. Fernando Alonso
This Spanish Formula One race car driver has earned his fortune of $80 million driving for Minardi, Renault, McLaren and Ferrari.
9. Nigel Mansell
In 2012, retired British Formula One driver Nigel Mansell had a net worth of $80 million. Mansell was known for his attacking style of driving, and is one of the most popular British Formula One drivers of all time.
8. David Richards
Former Welsh motor racer has a net worth of $80 million. He had a short but successful career as a rally co driver, partnering with Finnish driver Ari Vatanen, but is also a successful businessman.
7. Jenson Button
Another successful British Formula One driver, with a net worth of $85 million as of May 2012. Currently signed to McLaren, Button was the 2009 Formula One World Champion, driving for Brawn GP.
6. Lewis Hamilton
With a net worth of $88 million in May 2012, this British Formula One racing driver is the richest young sportsman at the age of 27.
5. Jody Scheckter
Jody Scheckter is a South African auto racing driver that is best known for giving Ferrari their last F1 championship victory, until 21 years later when Michael Schumacher brought them another title. His net worth was $96 million in May 2012. Nowadays he spends his time as an organic farmer.
4. Eddie Irvine
This former Northern Irish racing driver had a net worth of $127 million as of May 2012. In his 10 year career he earned £40 million, but he has also made money in property.
3. Johnny Dumfries
Johnny is a former Scottish racing driver that as of May 2012 had a net worth of $175 million. Over and above his successful racing career he has also made money through investments in land and art. Johnny was crowned British Formula Three champion in 1984 after winning 14 races.
2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr
This American professional race driver has a total net worth of $300 Million at this stage. His not so shabby annual salary is $26 million out of which $22 million come from his many endorsements. Dale currently drives the No. 88 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports. He also has his own team called JR Motorsports.
1. Michael Schumacher
No big surprise here...This German Formula One Racing driver has won Formula One world driver’s championship several times and has a net worth estimated to be around $824 Million Dollars!
Having retired twice, he most certainly doesn’t have to worry about his retirement funds running out.
There truly is a lot of money in this exciting sport! And to experience it in live action is a treat many dream of. We will make that dream come true in a few days time when we announce our lucky winner of our Monaco F1 GP competition!
Will it be YOU?
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