The British racing driver has become one of the highest paid sportsmen since his change of allegiance in 2013 and is the eighth richest sportsman in the world
Lewis Hamilton has become one of the best and most successful sportsmen the UK has ever produced.
With seven notable world championship titles to his name – and perhaps an eighth on the road this weekend – his exceptional Formula 1 career has given him celebrity status to match.
Hamilton made a name for himself when he entered the F1 scene in 2007 with McClaren and has since broken several records during his professional career, while also becoming the most decorated driver in the history of the F1.
In Formula 1, Hamilton holds the records for most wins (102), pole positions (102) and podiums (180) and has won a joint record of seven drivers’ world championship titles.
The 36-year-old raced for McClaren until 2013 when he signed for the Mercedes F1 team and, since signing a deal in 2015, it has since grown into him as one of the most successful sportsmen. richest people in the world. He has developed an estimated total net worth of around Â£ 280million.
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Winning his first Grand Prix in Canada in 2007 paved the way for a hugely successful career for Hamilton, both on and off the track, as he is now the highest paid F1 driver in the history of the sport.
His career earnings to date total up to $ 400million (Â£ 300million) over the 14 seasons he has spent racing with McClaren and Mercedes, suggesting he is the British sportsman. the richest of all time.
Hamilton initially signed his first contract with Mercedes in 2013, but his new contract awarded to him in 2015, to stay until the end of the 2018 season, is where he really started earning more money. money he had never had before.
The new deal is said to have cost more than Â£ 100million over a three-year period, while in the same year he was named Britain’s richest sportsman, with an estimated net worth of Â£ 88million.
By the time 2018 began, that net worth had nearly doubled to Â£ 159million, having signed an extended two-year deal with Mercedes that would see Hamilton earn Â£ 40million a year and officially make him the driver. highest paid F1.
In 2020, Hamilton was named the richest British sports star in history in the Sunday Times Rich List after his fortune was estimated at Â£ 224million.
The bonuses that were included with his offerings over the year have also had a significant impact on his career earnings and total net worth, with up to Â£ 5million coming from add-ons.
Outside of his career, Hamilton is also estimated to earn an additional Â£ 8million per year from endorsements with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Gran Turismo Sport, Bell Helmets, MV Augusta Motorcycles, Monster Energy, Pune, IWC, Sony, Bose and Petronas. .
The racing star resides in Monaco and also owns three other properties in New York and London, with a combined value of $ 67 million, as well as in Geneva.
A passion for cars and fashion occupy part of his free time, in which he invests heavily.
The highest-paid British sports star says it all, so Hamilton should be doing it even after retiring from F1 for the rest of his life.