Irvine No.4 on list of wealthiest F1 drivers of all time

Eddie Irvine
Eddie Irvine

With the 2015 Formula One (F1) Grand Prix season underway, financial company Wealth-X released today a list of the top 10 richest F1 drivers of all time, which includes active and retired race car drivers.

Cruising into first place on the list is seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who has an estimated net worth of US$780 million.

The retired German driver, who last raced for Mercedes in 2012, is currently recovering from a serious brain injury from a skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013.

Schumacher's wealth represents 43 per cent of the combined net worth of all 10 men on the list, four of whom have retired from the sport.

Northern Ireland’s Eddie Irvine stands in fourth place on the list, with a reported wealth of $180m

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton - who opened the 2015 season with a convincing victory at last weekend's Australian Grand Prix - came in fifth place on the list with a personal fortune of US$110 million.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished second in last year's world championship standings as well as in the recent Australian Grand Prix, took 10th place on the Wealth-X list with US$30 million in assets.

The youngest driver on the list is 27-year-old Sebastien Vettel, who has a net worth of US$45 million.

The oldest is 60-year-old retired Frenchman Alain Prost, who has amassed a personal fortune of US$70 million.

The Top Ten:

1      Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 780, Retired

2      Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 220, Active

3      Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 180, Active

4      Eddie Irvine, Jaguar, 180, Retired

5      Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 110, Active

6      Jenson Button, McLaren, 100, Active

7      Alan Prost, Williams, 70, Retired

8      David Coulthard, Red Bull, 70, Retired

9      Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 45, Active

10    Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 30, Active