Schumacher the world's second richest sportsman
Michael Schumacher has been named as the world's second richest sportsman, with a fortune of $823 million. Interestingly, former teammate Eddie Irvine has made $129 million from property. Others on the list include: Alonso and Raikkonen ($161 mil), Hamilton ($89 mil), Button ($85 mil), Mansell ($80 mil), Stewart ($67 mil). All these are however dwarfed by F1 supremo Ecclestone who comes in at $4 billion.
Read it and weep peasants, $823 million and counting, that's enough to almost make my own eyes water.
This is so unfair, I'm a nice guy who can't get enough sponsorship for one F1 season and you're rich on the back of all your cheating Michael, I hope you can buy a lot of 'raw eggs' with all your money.
Ah yes, a dig at my Pirelli analogy. Remember when I got Bridgestone to make those Schumacher tyres back in the early 2000's Rubens? Pirelli won't be long buckling to my demands.
With nearly a billion in the bank anything is possible shit-for-brains. Actually I'm thinking of buying a private island so I can have you imprisoned there indefinitely.
Speaking of buying property, Fast Eddie always had an eye for a nice piece of real estate when he saw it. You worked hard for your money Michael, I just sat back with the chics in my helicopter and let the houses do it for me.
Congrats on making millions on the back of nothing Eddie, sums you up nicely. I seem to recall anything with a silicone exterior and nothing complex upstairs was enough to grab you.
While flattered to be on this list I would like to put it on record if I may that it has been a long road for me to get to this position of affluence, a long road that has had many twists and turns, but as the saying goes it is the long road that has no turning. An interesting point to make here is that while Eddie may brag about earning millions for his property investments, I was placed in the unenviable position early in my career of actually having to remortgage my own family property to fund my driving career. Therefore when I translated my talent into sucess on and off the track I vowed never to be in such a position again, making sound investments to ensure I had enough for my retirement. This was somewhat complicated by my multiple retirements in my career, even prompting my pension broker to insitigate a "Mansell" clause to cover this scenario for his other clients.
Here's Johnny. You spoilt over-paid penny-pinching prats. In my day drivers were lucky to get fed never mind paid. We survived on petrol fumes, booze and birds, and a blond bastard called Johnny Herbert was king of the castle.
Considering you averaged 5 racing laps per GP Herbert, per-mile you were one probably one of the best paid drivers in history. Anyway, even I'm a pauper compared to Bernie.
Bloody pain in the arse getting this publised isn't it Michael, you don't want the old Tax Man getting his knickers in a twist about how much you earn. Christ, the missus knowing is worse, gets messy come divorce time. Uncle Bernie usually declares the small change and stashes the rest out of sight. That's something I learned from the old dictators, like...
I'll stop you there Bernie, and a bit less on the tax schemes please, we don't want another embarrassing German court case now do we.
Well Raikkonen, looks like we're not doing too bad, must be exciting having all that money with all the opportunities it brings.
Fascinating, you should do an interview for Hello! and tell them all those crazy stories, might be the only article they ever publish as long as the magazine title.
Being rich is mega awesome Nando, I can buy all the Haribo I want, and I'm making some frickin awesome rich celebrity friends to hang out with in the garage.
I knew you'd have a mature take on it Hamilton, those celebrities are definitely friends for life. Remember, don't get carried away spending all your money on those diamond man-earrings.
It is vital to have a mature attitude to money Fernando, indeed it is my opinion that financial prudence is a critical asset in the armoury of any individual. In order to achieve optimum success as a driver one must obtain a healthy balance, not just in terms of car behaviour, but also in one's financial affairs. It is with pride that I consider I was able to translate my skill set as a driver into a keen business acumen with the concomitant financial rewards.
If anyone wants to deposit some hard currency in my vault let me know, my interest rates will be sky high but you won't want to make a premature withdrawal.