How rich is Ralf Schumacher?
As a racing driver, Ralf Schumacher was never able to build on the great successes of his older brother and Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher. In a total of 180 races he achieved six victories, which lifted him to the position of the third most successful German Formula 1 driver. In 2013 Ralf Schumacher put an end to his career in motorsport. A career that brought him 50 million euros as a driver for Toyota between 2005 and 2007 alone. Overall, Ralf will be Schumacher’s Assets estimated at 110 million euros. His Formula 1 salaries play an important role in his career. Ralf is currently working as a Sky expert for Formula 1 broadcasts.
A chronology of his driver’s fees:
- 1999 – 2004. At BMW Williams, Schumacher received an estimated annual fee of 2 million euros.
- 2005 – 2007. The move to Toyota paid off, according to Schumacher, his income during this time was a total of 50 million euros.
- 2009 – 2013. The DTM, less exclusive than Formula 1, brought the Mercedes driver an income of around 500,000 euros a year.
Ralf Schumacher was born on June 30, 1975 in the Hermülheim district of Hürth. Like brother Michael a few years earlier, he completed his first training laps on his father’s kart track. As a teenager he drove races for the Junior Kart Championship and the German Kart Championship. This was followed by positions in ADAC Formula Junior and Formula Nippon; in the latter, Schumacher won a championship title in 1996.
In 1997 he drove for the first time for Formula 1 and made his debut in Edmund “Eddie” Jordan’s team. Just two years later, he moved to the British Williams F1 team. Although he was able to achieve several victories here in the following years, the goal of the championship he had set himself remained unmatched. The sad climax of the stage: a serious accident at the US Grand Prix on June 20, 2004. Ralf Schumacher, dissatisfied with Williams, switched to the Toyota F1 team in 2005. However, here, too, he fell short of expectations and came under criticism due to poor performance.
The exit from Toyota in 2007 also marked the end of Schumacher’s career in Formula 1. From 2008 he drove for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM team Mücke. However, he had to be content with places in the midfield for the most part. In 2013 he announced the end of his career as an active racing driver.
Public appearance and divorce from Cora
Ralf Schumacher embodied an exclusive lifestyle during his career. In addition to racing, he appeared as an entrepreneur. His Marriage to racing driver Cora Schumacher (née Brinkmann), with whom he had been married since 2001, also made headlines. In September 2014 it was announced that the two divorced after 13 years together. There were also financial issues. The Bild newspaper reported that Cora was told by her husband 10,000 euros maintenance per month get. The divorce has been final since February 2015. Cora is also said to have demanded 6 million euros. At Let’s Dance 2015, the blonde is said to have received a fee of up to 60,000 euros for her dance-technically very embarrassing and short appearance of 2 episodes.
Ralf Schumacher’s assets and income
In the 2000s, Ralf Schumacher and his wife Cora enjoyed a lot of press coverage. As a result, there were occasional house calls during which the couple presented their premises to the tabloids. The following Schumacher properties were the subject of discussion:
- Hallwang. In the Salzburg suburb there is a villa with 30 rooms on around 750 m² of living space, which the couple used as their residence during their time together.
- Oprtalj. Here, on the Croatian Adriatic Sea, Ralf Schumacher had a holiday home built in a Mediterranean style.
- St. Tropez. In their holiday home in southern France, the Schumachers were looking for a break from everyday stress and in 2008 invited the Bild newspaper for a home story.
- In Meerbusch, at the gates of Düsseldorf, the racing driver built a luxury villa as an investment property (living space: 500 m²). The Bunte reported in 2014 that the house is now rented out for 10,000 euros a month.
- Ralf Schumacher bought a historic building in Cologne-Bergheim in 2001. After gutting and renovation, he opened his exclusive restaurant “Schumachers” here in 2014.
Other income and investments
In addition to advertising contracts, Schumacher became involved early on as a partner for other companies. At the end of 2004 he held 50 percent of a GmbH, the other part of which was the Beate-Uhse Group. The joint investment is said to have been 2 million euros.
Since 2011, Schumacher has been a partner in EUROP STAR Aircraft GmbH, an Austrian airline that benefits from the ex-professional driver’s international networks and contacts. He has also owned his own aircraft here since 2005.
Connected to racing
Schumacher is still connected to racing, for example he is a co-owner of the DTM Mücke team. Last but not least, as the owner and managing director of the Kerpener Kart & Event Center, he is loyal to his home in the Rhineland.
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