Wikipedia: Bernie Ecclestone
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Bernard Charles Ecclestone is a British business magnate. He is the former chief executive of the Formula One Group, which manages Formula One and controls the commercial rights to the sport, and part-owns Delta Topco, the previous ultimate parent company of the Formula One Group. As such, he was commonly described in journalism as 'F1 Supremo'.
Ecclestone entered two Grand Prix races as a driver, during the 1958 season, but failed to qualify for either of them. Later he became manager of drivers Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt. In 1972, he bought the Brabham team, which he ran for fifteen years. As a team owner he became a member of the Formula One Constructors Association. His control of the sport, which grew from his pioneering the sale of television rights in the late 1970s, was chiefly financial, but under the terms of the Concorde Agreement he and his companies also managed the administration, setup and logistics of each Formula One Grand Prix, making him one of the richest men in the United Kingdom. On 23 January 2017, it was announced that Ecclestone had been replaced by Chase Carey as chief executive of the Formula One Group, though he has been appointed as chairman emeritus and will act as an adviser to the board.
Ecclestone and business partner Flavio Briatore also owned the English football club Queens Park Rangers between 2007 and 2011.
|6 December 2004||Ecclestone May Lose Control of Formula One Racing||VOA Sports|
|19 October 2005||Bernie Ecclestones Saisonfazit||Wikinews|
|25 November 2005||Formula 1 CVC Capital Partners acquisisce il controllo della SlEc 2005||Wikinotizie|
|1 August 2007||Formula One Supremo Wants Spying Row Stopped||Anthony Fontanelle|
|26 September 2010||Formula One Chief Uncertain About Korean Grand Prix||VOA Breaking News|
|26 November 2010||Bernie Ecclestone attacked outside London headquarters; no arrests made||Wikinews|
|26 November 2010||F-1 Boss Injured in London Robbery||VOA Breaking News|
|23 February 2011||Ecclestone Waives Bahrain Formula One Fees||VOA Breaking News|
|6 November 2013||Bernie Ecclestone fails to get through a door (now in a Benny Hill Style)||Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey|
|14 November 2014||Bernie Ecclestone - F1 Is For Pensioners, Not Youngsters||Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey|
|1 August 2016||Mother-in-Law of F1 CEO Released After Being Kidnapped for 10 Days||VOA News|
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