Ayrton Senna Net Worth
Ayrton Senna Net Worth: Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian Formula One racecar driver who had a net worth of $400 million at the time of his death in 1994. Ayrton Senna da Silva was born on March 21, 1960 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Senna was widely regarded as one of the greatest and most skillful drivers of all time. He began driving karts from an early age. His earliest recorded race was a fun go-kart race, at the age of four. He drew a lot for pole position and won his race. At 17, he won the South American Kart Championship. In the early '80s he moved to England to further his motor racing career. In 1981, he won the British Formula Ford 1600 championship. It was around this time that he decided to use his mothers' maiden name of Senna, rather than the much more common de Silva, which was his father's name. In 1982, he made further progress, winning the European and British Formula Ford 2000 and in 1982, Senna won two European championships; the European and the British Formula Ford 2000. He was placed within the Toleman team for the 1984 Formula One season then later joined Alain Prost at McLaren—Honda—one of the top Formula One teams. In 1994, he signed a contract with Williams. The third race of the season was to be held at Imola, San Marino. The weekend, however, was marred by accidents and tragedy. Staring off, in the practice round on Friday, his compatriot Rubens Barrichello was badly injured in an accident when his Jordan car flipped over, smashing into a fence. The following day, Saturday, Austrian rookie driver Roland Ratzenberger was killed when he smashed into a concrete wall. Senna had only recently met Ratzenberger, but he was emotionally affected by the tragic loss. Ayrton Senna went to see the scene of the accident, climbing over the medical fence to see the crash site. Senna spent his final morning meeting with fellow drivers and considering how to best improve driver safety for Formula One. On the 7th lap, Senna also suffered a fatal crash. On the high-speed Tamburello corner, the car left the track at around 205 mph (330 km/h), hitting the concrete retaining wall at around 135 mph (217 km/h). Although he was rushed to hospital, he was declared deceased on arrival. His death was a great shock to the world of sports, and to Brazil in particular. It is estimated that upwards of three million people lined the streets of Sao Paulo for the return of his body.