Niki Lauda, the three-time Formula One champion, died at the age of 70 on May 20. He who underwent a lung transplant in August, but passed away peacefully on Monday. Formula 1 fan will remember him as one of the best-known figures in motor racing. However, many remember him for his outstanding recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix. Here is everything there is to know about Niki Lauda, including his net worth.
Andreas Nikolaus Lauda was born on February 22, 1949, in Vienna, Austria. He was born and raised in one of the wealthiest families in Vienna. He wanted to become a Formula 1 driver ever since childhood, but his family didn’t support him in this decision. So, he decided to leave his home and become an F1 driver.
In 1976, Niki married Marlene Knaus and the couple had two sons together, Lukas and Mathias. However, they got divorced in 1991. In 2008, Lauda married Birgit Wetzinger and they had two children, Max and Mila. Niki also has a son, Christoph, through an extra-marital relationship.
During his life, Niki has suffered from severe health issues. Hence, he underwent kidney transportation in 1997 and lung transportation in 2018.
As soon as Niki left his home, he applied for a loan in a bank in order to get into the F1 world. So, in 1974, Niki Lauda became part of the Ferrari team and ranked third on the 1975 Italian Grand Prix. Two years later, he suffered from a severe injury which affected his blood and lungs. However, to his fans and colleagues surprise, he returned to racing only six weeks after the crash.
In 1978, Niki Lauda signed a deal of $1 million with the Brabham-Alfa Romeo and only one year later, he announced his retirement from Formula 1 racing. However, in 1982, he returned again and joined McLaren which was probably one of the best seasons in his career. He had his final drive in the Australian Grand Prix.
Lauda also was a non-chairman executive of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team in 2012. Then, he was featured in the film ‘Rush’ and in one of the episodes of ‘Mayday.’ During his life, Niki wrote a number of books, including ‘The Art and Science of Grand Prix Driving’, ‘The New Formula One: A Turbo Age’, ‘Meine Story’, and ‘My Years with Ferrari’.
Niki Lauda was named the Austrian Sportsmen of the Year and BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. He was also honored with the Autosport International Racing Driver Award in 1984. He was a three-time Formula 1 champion in 1975, 1977 and 1984.
Niki Lauda Net Worth
It has been estimated that Niki Lauda’s net worth stands at about $120 million. It might seem like a huge wealth, but he is one of the most prominent Formula 1 driver of all time, as well as, the owner of the Lauda Air, an Austrian airline. He has accumulated his wealth from his F1 races during the years. He left a legacy which will be always remembered and appreciated in the Formula 1 racing world. Niki Lauda will be remembered as a passionate and hard-working driver who achieved all of his goals.