|Estimated value:||€50 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||Formula 1 driver|
Nico Rosberg is a former German-Finnish Formula 1 racing driver. He is one of the most successful racing drivers in German motorsport.
Nico Erik Rosberg grew up in different cities and countries. He spent the first years of his life in his native city of Wiesbaden, later the Rosberg family lived in Ibiza and Monaco. His mother is German and his father is former Finnish Formula 1 world champion Keke Rosberg. The talent and fun of racing was instilled in him from the cradle. The connections of the famous father also bore fruit. Rosberg sat in a kart for the first time at the age of six.
Already in 1996, at the age of eleven, Rosberg started his motorsport career in karting under a Finnish racing license. In 2000 he became Vice European Champion in Formula A. Rosberg made his debut in single-seater racing in 2001; he took part in several races. A year later, Rosberg switched completely to single-seater racing and competed for his father Keke’s racing team. The German-Finn won nine out of 20 races. In addition, Rosberg completed his first Formula 1 test for the British racing team “Williams” this year. Before that, he was courted by several Formula 1 teams due to his successful races. However, he chose “Williams” and started for the team under the German flag. He later did his laps with Mercedes Grand Prix. At the Grand Prix of Malaysia, China and Great Britain, he was able to place well at the front and finished third in each case.
The year 2010 marked one of Rosberg’s greatest achievements in his career. From this year on, the racing driver drove his laps for Mercedes Grand Prix as a teammate of Michael Schuhmacher. He failed to finish in the top 10 in just four races. At the end of the season, Rosberg finished seventh in the Drivers’ World Championship and was also able to win the team-internal duel against Michael Schuhmacher with 142 to 72 points. Two years later, Nico Rosberg achieved his first Formula 1 victory from pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix. Rosberg won 22 more victories in the following years. In 2016, at the peak of his career, he became Formula 1 World Champion. Rosberg then left Formula 1 and retired in December 2016 after achieving the greatest success of his career.
“My goal has always been to become world champion. And now I feel it’s right to stop. It feels good. There will be no comeback – that’s a thousand percent.”
“For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a Formula 1 World Champion. At the age of five or six, these were still the thoughts of a boy, but the older I got, the more concrete everything became. It became more and more realistic to be able to do what my father did. I feel a deep gratitude for everyone who supported me on the way to this title and who also made it possible.”
“I’m proud that I could follow in my father’s footsteps.”
Nico Rosberg has both German and Finnish nationality. The former Formula 1 driver now works as a TV expert and comments on Formula 1 races on RTL. He is investing in the FIA Formula E Championship. The German-Finn also made investments in Berlin marketing and an e-scooter start-up. His entrepreneurial skills will continue to develop in the future: he will be an investor in the investor show “Die Höhle der Löwen” in 2020. He is also committed to the environment and, as a result, the transition of Formula 1 to electric vehicles. As part of this, he attended the World Economic Forum in 2019 and spoke about the climate crisis. Nico Rosberg is fluent in five languages, but not among them Finnish, his father’s native language. The former world champion has also found happiness in his private life for a long time: he still lives in Monaco, married his childhood sweetheart Vivian and has two daughters.
|Estimated value:||€50 million|