Bernie Ecclestone is a famous British businessman, the president of Formula One. In fact, it is the sole leader of the competition under the auspices of Formula 1 as a whole. What began the career of this outstanding businessman in the world of motorsport? How was his personal life? This and much more will be discussed later in the material.

early years

Bernie Ecclestone: activities, family

Bernie Ecclestone, whose photos are presented in the article, was born on October 28, 1930 in the British town of Bangay, located in Suffolk County. After a few years, the family moved to live in the suburbs of London - the city of Bexleyheath. Here at the age of 16, Bernie Ecclestone graduated from high school. The future entrepreneur completed his studies at such an early age in order to have more time to do what he loved to do, which at that time was for him to design and assemble motorcycles.

Soon Ecclestone entered the engineering school. In addition to his studies, he was actively interested in auto racing, despite the prohibitions of his father. The conflict led to the fact that Bernie completely severed ties with his own family. According to some sources, later he did not even appear at the funeral of his parents.

At the end of World War II, Bernie was involved in distributing auto parts. Later, in collaboration with a friend, he organized a motorcycle sales company called Compton and Ecclestone.

Racing driver career

Bernie Ecclestone first sat behind the wheel of a racing car in 1949. Very soon, the young pilot began to participate in a series of races of the Formula 3 championship.

In 1951, Cooper Mk V, the newest at the time, purchased with his own money. Despite the fact that Bernie Ecclestone took part in a few races, he managed to take first place in the championship, according to the number of points in the standings.

Once during the next round of the circuit, Ecclestone collided with Bill Whitehouse’s opponent’s car. The accident led to the fact that Bernie turned over several times and flew off the track. The loss of a valuable car, insufficient financial well-being and large risks made the budding athlete say goodbye to his career as a professional racer.

Team owner

After the accident, in which Ecclestone got during the competition, the former pilot of the car decided to temporarily switch to investing in the organization of automobile auctions. He returned to racing a few years later, having bought out the assets of the Connaught team, which was renamed BC Ecclestone in 1958.

Soon, Bernie decided to restore the career of a racer. However, at the Monaco Grand Prix in the same 1958, he was not able to demonstrate significant results even in qualifying heats, not to mention the main part of the competition. At the next stage, Ecclestone was replaced by another BC Ecclestone driver, Jack Fairman.

After an unsuccessful return, Bernie decided to devote all his free time to managing the team and working as a manager for the successful racer Stuart Lewis-Evans. During the Grand Prix of Morocco, which took place at the end of 1958, an engine explosion exploded on his ward's car. Lewis-Evans suffered severe burns and died several days later in hospital. Bernie was shocked by the tragic accident and again for some time left motor racing.

In 1971, Ecclestone became the owner of the Brabham racing team, which he acquired for £ 100,000 from his former colleague Ron Tauranak. The team was sold in 1987 for $ 5 million. This decision was made, because at that time Bernie's main priority was to gain control over all areas of Formula 1 activity.

Foundation of Formula One

After a fairly lucrative sale of the Brabham team, Bernie Ecclestone decided to spend the accumulated funds on the organization of Formula One, which was supposed to be engaged in promotional activities and competition administration. Subsequently, the organization began to allocate prizes to the drivers of the cars, to give encouragement to the winning teams. Competent management by the founder ultimately led to the unprecedented popularity of the competition under the auspices of the "Formula 1".

Personal life

The life of a famous businessman is not only "Formula 1". Bernie Ecclestone was married three times. With his first wife Ivy Bamford, he broke up back in the 50s.

In 1984, the owner of Formula 1 met the Croatian model Slavika Radic, who was younger than him by 28 years. New wife Bernie Ecclestone, whose photo can be seen above, grew up in a poor family. However, it did not matter, because her beauty simply struck a businessman. It is noteworthy that Slavik’s height is 30 centimeters more compared to Bernie’s height.

In 2009, the couple broke up. At the disposal of the wife of Ecclestone passed a significant part of the assets of the automotive corporation. As reported in the press, Ecclestone himself initiated the dissolution of the marriage.

Later, the former wife of Bernie Ecclestone, Slavik Radic, was included in the list of the most wealthy citizens of Great Britain. On her bank accounts was listed in the amount of 734 million pounds. In addition to the shares of Formula One, the spouses had to share real estate in England and Switzerland, several private jets, yachts, as well as ownership of an airfield in Kent and a race track located in the south of France.

In 2012, 82-year-old Bernie Ecclestone married Brazilian Fabian Flosi, who at the time was 35 years old. The wife of a famous businessman previously served as vice president of marketing for Formula 1. The romantic relationship between the couple arose during the cooperation at the Brazilian Grand Prix back in 2009. Fabiana and Bernie are married today.

Daughters of Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone has three daughters. Deborah was born in 1955 from a marriage with Ivy Bamford. Two more children, Petra and Tamara, are the daughters of Bernie and Slaviki Radic.

It is worth noting that Deborah Ecclestone leads a rather modest life and refuses to appear in public. At the same time, the other two daughters - Tamara and Peter - regularly fall into the lists of the most pampered children in Britain, compiled by the British press.

It is worth noting that the children of Ecclestone received at their disposal an inheritance, the size of which is estimated at about 4.8 billion dollars. According to Bernie himself, his younger daughters spend a huge fortune completely reckless. As one of the many examples of confirmation of this, Petra Ecclestone’s purchase of a luxury estate in Los Angeles, which cost 85 million dollars.


Bernie Ecclestone is one of the most successful and wealthy British businessmen. The state of the head of "Formula 1" is estimated at tens of billions of dollars. Today, Ecclestone lives in London with his family and continues to manage the company's business of organizing the world's fastest auto racing.