How fast and how far can they go in the world of wealth as the richest racing drivers?
Motorsport may not be as big as football. But the event can be the most expensive sport in the world. Formula 1 Grand Prix and NASCAR are the two most popular car racing championships in the world. Thus, it should come as no surprise that these richest racing drivers gained most of their wealth from those two championships.
F1 has been around since 1950. And NASCAR, since 1948. For decades these two popular events have introduced us to some of the world’s best drivers. And as the sports’ fame keep on rising, so do the drivers’ paycheck.
It is actually a vicious cycle for the money. Those championships need to be that expensive to pay for the drivers. The better they are, the higher their asking salary. And these fifteen people you will be seeing on this list are some of the all-time greatest (and of course, richest). Their skills and hard works earn them the money.
Being the race car driver like a Formula 1 driver is a dream job. You get to travel around the world throughout the entire season. And you get paid for speeding. What a job! Now, let’s find out about these lucky speed demons!
15. David Coulthard (Estimated Net Worth: $77 million)
With $77 million bagged as his current estimated net worth, you would wonder why David Coulthard (DC) is working as a TV pundit today.
For some Formula 1 fans, including me, David Coulthard is a Formula 1 Champion without the title. He is one of the greatest, yet he did not get the chance to be crowned as the world champion. The closest thing he had to the title was when he finished as the runner-up of 2001 F1 World Drivers’ Championship. But to be fair, Michael Schumacher was dominating that season with Scuderia Ferrari.
DC started his Formula 1 career in 1994 and ended it in 2008. As soon as he retired, he joined BBC as co-commentator alongside Martin Brundle, Jake Humphrey, and Eddie Jordan. And for this season, he moved to Channel 4 as BBC stopped its Formula 1 coverage.
DC’s wealth started to pile up along with his rising F1 career. And from his salary and bonus from racing, he built another sources of income such as his several luxury hotels in Great Britain.