Capital: € 650 million
Age: 51
Born: January 3, 1969
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Formula 1 driver
Last updated: 2023

Short introduction

Michael Schumacher was born in the city of Hürth on January 3, 1969. He was a Formula 1 driver from 1991 to 2012. the end of 2013
he had a skiing accident and has not appeared in public since that accident.

Early life

Michel Schumacher was born in Hürth on January 3, 1969. He grew up with a brother who later became a Formula 1 racing driver. The father was a bricklayer and later leased from a go-kart track. After elementary and junior high school and middle school, he completed an apprenticeship as a car mechanic, which he completed with a journeyman’s examination. Michael Schumacher came into contact with motorsport early on. He spent countless hours on the kart track and at the age of six he won the kart club’s first club championship.

Michael Schumacher’s talent as a racing driver was recognized early on. Thanks to private sponsors, he was able to dedicate himself to inexpensive racing and was twice German junior champion in karting. At the age of around 18, Michael Schumacher started Formula König thanks to a private supporter who had previously encouraged him to go karting. A year later, Michael Schumacher was runner-up in Formula Ford. He then switched to Formula 3 and started there in the team of Willi Weber, who also became his new manager. Michael Schumacher ended the first season in Formula 3 with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in second place in the drivers’ standings.


In 1990 Michael Schumacher drove long-distance races for the Mercedes junior team before he contested his first Formula 1 race for Jordan after a short detour in Japan in Formula 3000. After this one race Michael Schumacher got a contract with Benetton and drove for this racing team from 1991 to 1995. He finished his first season at Benetton in 14th place, a year later in 1992 he finished third in the drivers’ championship, in 1993 fourth. In the seasons 1994 and 1995 Michael Schumacher won his first two world championships in Formula 1.

In 1996 Michael Schumacher switched to Ferrari and drove for the Italian racing team until 2006. He ended his first season with the Italians in third place. In the 2000 season it finally worked with the first world championship title at Ferrari. Another 4 world championships followed from 2001 to 2004. On September 10, 2006, he announced his retirement at the end of the season. Until 2009 Michael Schumacher worked as a consultant and also as a test driver at Ferrari. He made his comeback in 2010 and drove for Mercedes until 2012.

Career highlights

In addition to the two world championship titles at the Benetton racing team, the five world championship titles in a row at Ferrari from 2000 to 2004 are the highlights of his career. He is the most successful Formula 1 driver to date. In addition to the world championship titles, he won 91 races and a total of 155 placements on the podium.

Famous quotes

Like many other athletes, Michael Schumacher was not averse to superstition. But he also spoke openly about it: “I got into the car from the left for a while because I thought that it would bring me luck. At some point I got in from the right and was just as lucky. ”

He described racing as a very complex process. It is a constant exchange of information from all parts of the body from the foot to the head. He put the goal of a Formula 1 race in simple words. In principle, it is only about finishing work as the first. He also seemed certain that he would not be killed in a racing car. There was no reason to die in a racing car, he once said.

Amazing facts

Many people, not just fans, should know that Michael Schumacher was a passionate football player. Here are some amazing facts about his career as a Formula 1 driver:

At kart races, which Michael Schumacher played as a child and teenager, he met Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Nick Heidfeld and Mika Häkkinen, who were to become his rivals in Formula 1 years later.

Jordan received a £ 150,000 payment in 1991 for racing steel Michael Schumacher to drive the Formula 1 race. Thanks to this sum, they preferred Michael Schumacher over another driver.

The racing steel Benetton initially hesitated to offer Michael Schumacher a contract. Thanks to Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula 1 boss, and his recommendation, the collaboration between Benetton and Michael Schumacher came about.


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