American billionaire John Malone ended the 40-year Ecclestone era in Formula One in January with a £6.5bn takeover by his Liberty Media operation after the Suffolk trawler captain's son had turned the sport into a global phenomenon with an annual revenue of £1.2bn.
A bond issue in 1999 and the sale of a majority stake in 2006 netted £1.9bn for Ecclestone, who retains a 2.1% holding in F1, while his family trust Bambino Holdings has a further 5.4%.
The 2009 divorce from his second wife Slavica (qv), with whom he has two daughters, Tamara and Petra, cost him at least £750m. The diminutive 86-year-old is married to Fabiana Flosi, a Brazilian 47 years his junior. Ecclestone, who left school at 16 and made two failed attempts to qualify as a grand prix driver himself, won two world championships with Nelson Piquet while managing the Brabham F1 team.
Relative Values: Petra and Tamara Ecclestone
Relative values: Bernie and Tamara Ecclestone