- Birthday3rd Jan, 69
- Birth PlaceGermany
- Marital statusMarried
Michael Schumacher is arguably the best racing driver that the F1 circuit has ever seen. The seven time world champion has barely left any milestone unaccomplished. Born in the fall of 1969, Schumacher or Schumi, as he is fondly called in the circuit showed an early interest in racing.
He started his winning streak at the age of six, when he won his first club championship. His father, Rolf Schumacher was a bricklayer who took on multiple jobs like renting and repairing karts to support Michael’s racing. Throughout his career, he has shown exceptional accuracy and is known to commit very few mistakes, especially when the going gets tough in wet conditions. He made his Formula One debut with Jordan-Ford team in 1991, before shifting in the later part of the decade to Ferrari. For his time there, Schumacher has been credited for turning once struggling Ferrari in the most successful teams in Formula One history. He surprised hi fans when he announced his retirement from professional Formula F1 in 2006.
However he announced his comeback to the F1 circuit in 2009. Michael holds the records for most career wins (91), most wins in a season most career pole positions, most points during a season (148 in 2004), most consecutive world championships (5), most consecutive race wins (2004), most podium finishes (154), most laps leading, most fastest laps (76), plus several others. Michael was at one point the highest paid racing driver in the world and second highest earning sportsman in the world, earning a reported $80 million US in 2004 ($40m of which was his salary from Ferrari). In 2004, Forbes magazine listed him as the 2nd highest paid athlete in the world. In 2005, Eurobusiness magazine identified Schumacher as the world’s first billionaire athlete. A significant share of his income came from advertising. Deutsche Vermögensberatung paid him $8 million over three years from 1999 for wearing a 10 by 8 centimeter advertisement on his post-race cap.
Family & relationships
Villa La Chenai
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, with his family, moved to his new luxury mansion on Lake Geneva, which lies just 25 kilometers away from his old house, Villa La Chenai, as it is called. The luxury house hasn’t yet a found a buyer, so the motor racing legend is offering his villa for a monthly rent equivalent to EUR 19,000 (about $26,700). For this price per month, the tenant will get a chance to live in the legend’s former house. In addition, he/she will get 750 square meters of area, 11 rooms, fitness and indoor swimming pool, four horses and six pit garages, a home cinema, a dressing room, a suite and a kitchen annex. The hefty rent price kept aside, it’s one great opportunity for Schumacher’s fans.
Lake Geneva Villa
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher owns an über-residence on the banks of Lake Geneva. The mansion reportedly cost $35 million to built up and has more than 40 rooms. This ultra luxury pad has 2200 square meters of living space, a parking garage for 29 cars, a helicopter landing area and a football field. Schumi has also ensured that he and his family do not have to go very far for recreation. The home boasts of a cinema and a bowling alley. The 70 meter long trophy room is another unique feature of this villa which will feature the countless number of awards and trophies that Schumacher has won over the years.
Lake Geneva villa
Star of the sporting villa
Vast and luxurious
Schumacher' love for speed and thrill doesn't stops at mean machines. Riding finest horses in his own ranch is not only his hobby but also a source of inspiration and not to forget a good investment. The ranch has been gifted by Schumacher to his wife Corinna, which is pretty obvious by the name of the ranch, CS Ranch.
Location: The CS Ranch in Givrins is the largest and most modern private reining facility in Switzerland.
Features: The ranch has 26 horse stalls and is also the venue for international reining competitions. The arena has international standards and measures 95 meters in length and 40 meters in width. The hall has a capacity of 1,400 spectators.
Horse Sculpture in the ranch
Vast and elegant
Luxury has no limits
Schumi is a owner of a piece of the man-made island paradise 'The World', located off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. This $7 million worth of piece of land is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum parting gift to Schumacher after his last Grand Prix in Brazil. Schumacher's island is believed to be a part of 'Antarctica' on the artificial globe. Schumacher's manager Willi Weber confirmed: "In a couple of years it will be finished. Then Michael and Corinna will have their own holiday island! The World' is 300 islands clustered together in a nine kilometre zone to resemble Earth from an aerial photo.
Mansion on island
Falcon 200Michael’s choice of toy for flying up in sky is Falcon 200. He uses this nine seater jet to fly to and from the races. The Falcon 200 is the latest evolution of the popular Dessault midsize jets. The jet boasts of a full galley facility, separate washroom. It can fly up to a maximum speed of 460 knots and commands a price of $22 million USD.
Fiat 500 Abarth
The Fiat 500 Abarth has exceptional performance thanks to its 1.4-liter turbocharged Multiair engine which produces an astounding 160 horsepower (117 kW) at 5,750 rpm and 169 lb.-ft (152 lb.-ft /230Nm in Normal Boost mode) of torque at 3,000 rpm. It cruises to a speed of 0 to 100 in just 7.2 seconds. The car is priced modestly at 13500 pounds.
Fiat 500 Abarth
Italian racing car
Fiat CromaMichael has this thing for Fiat cars. His other family car is also a Fiat, The Croma. Available in five engine options, The Croma comes equipped with 140bhp 1.8 and 147bhp 2.2-litre petrol units, as well as a choice of 120bhp or 150bhp versions of the 1.9-litre Multijet diesel. The car itself delivers strong performance. It has a 0-62mph sprint time of 9.6 seconds and economy of 46.3mpg, which make it the pick of the line-up.
The Ferrari FXX is a super sports car, based on Enzo. It’s engine has a displacement of 6, 262 cc (6.3 L; 382.1 cu in), which provides the power of 800 PS at 8500 rpm. The gearbox includes latest technologies, Ferrari has developed for its F1 program and boasts of a shift time under 100 ms. Only 30 of these were built, out of which 29 have been sold to pre-selected Ferrari customers. The 30th was given to Schumacher as a gift when he retired from the Formula One racing at the end of 2006.
His Ferrari was specially customized. It was in black without a stripe and had red trimed wheels, matte rather than chrome exhaust tips, and his personal logo stitched on the racing seats. The complete package costs more than 2.1 million USD. The car has a top speed of 391 km per hour.
Soft leather grip steering wheel
Michael was spotted in Norway during the F1's winter months last year. He enjoyed skiing at a 600 square metre skiing ranch in Trysil, 200 kilometres north of Oslo. Schumacher once said: "Here, in the isolation, I gather motivation to win race.
His love for skiing has compelled him to buy a property in Courchevel, a popular ski area in the Savoie region of the French Alps. France hosts many celebrities during Christmas month and Michael is often spotted
Michael Schumacher is closely associated with UNESCO and has been named a UNESCO Champion for Sport in 2002. UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values.
Schumacher is closely associated with Red Cross that works for providing relief to victims of disasters and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Michael raises millions for charity. he is an active voluenteer for UNICEF that ensures better health and education to the children all over the world. The organization works over 150 countries, for humanitarian relief organization providing children with health care and immunizations, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.
Michael Schumacher owns a big and furious Belgium Shephared dog named as Shiva with a single brown color fur on its body. Michael is often seen with his dog in public.
Last year Michael Schumacher was announced the official brand ambassador of Audemars Piguet watch. He has been spotted wearing Audemars Piguet many a times and is fascinated by the watchmaking and an acknowledged connoisseur who has been collecting timepieces for a number of years.