Niki Lauda Net Worth
Niki Lauda Net Worth: Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda was a Austrian former racing Formula 1 champion who had a net worth of $200 million dollars at the time of his death in 2019. Niki Lauda was born in Vienna, Austria on February 22, 1949. He pursued a career in auto racing despite his family being staunchly against his dreams. He began racing in the late 60s. He actually took out a bank loan to buy his way into the Formula 2 circuit in 1971. Though he showed immense promise at a young age, he was not able to truly shine in Formula 1 until 1974. He achieved a first place finish in his debut race, and would go on to dominate for the next few seasons. In 1976, he suffered a near fatal crash that left him permanently disfigured. He returned to racing six weeks after the crash, and continued to race throughout the rest of the season. His injuries made it difficult for him to complete races, but despite his injuries, he finished the season in 2nd place. He finished the next year in first place, but his relationship with Ferrari, his sponsoring team, had soured, and he changed teams. Lauda won a third world championship in 1984 by half a point over teammate Alain Prost. He retired in 1981, and then returned to racing in 1982. He raced with moderate success until 1985, when he officially retired to run his two airlines, Lauda Air and Niki. Unfortunately Niki Lauda died on May 20, 2019 at the age of 70. During his racing career he entered 171 races and ended up with 25 wins and 3 championships.
Business Ventures: In 1979 Niki founded a private airline called Lauda Air. He sold the airline to Austrian Airlines in 1999. In 2003 he founded another airline called Niki. Niki merged with Air Berlin in 2011. In 2016 Niki took over a charter air company called Amira Air and renamed it LaudaMotion. Niki Lauda held a pilots license and flew planes well into his 60s.
He wrote five books and was portrayed in the 2013 film Rush.
When he was hired in 2012 to be a non-executive director of the Mercedes Formula 1 team, he was awarded a 10% ownership stake in the team.
Niki Lauda Salary Highlights: When he signed Brabham-Alfa Romeo in 1978, it came with a $1 million annual salary. That's the same as around $4 million today after adjusting for inflation. After brief retirement, he made a comeback in 1982 with McLaren. His McLaren deal paid $3 million per year, the same as $12 million per year today.
|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Feb 22, 1949 - May 20, 2019 (70 years old)|
|Profession:||Race car driver, Actor, Businessperson|