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Valentino Rossi | $ 120 Million
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Valentino Rossi

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Net Worth $ 120 Million
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Born to be a racer
After a race
  • Birthday16th Feb, 79
  • Birth PlaceItaly
  • Marital statusSingle
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Perhaps, the most dominant rider of the modern era Valentino Rossi is also the most successful and highest earning motorcycle racer in the world. The nine-time MotoGP World Champion earns millions as salary bonuses and endorsement money from companies such as Fiat and energy drink Monster in addition to his race winnings. Rossi's other sponsors like Dainese and Kera Koll pour in a few millions as well. Among the top 10 highest earning sportspersons of 2011, Rossi is also Italy’s richest athlete. The Doctor, The Criminal and many other nicknames which have made the maverick rider popular, Rossi is equally peculiar about his helmet design whose graphics are designed by Aldo Drudi. The fastest man on two wheels is an avid lover of cars. His latest possession is a Ferrari 458 Italia in addition to a BMW M3 Sedan that was gifted to him. Rossi has recently made a new addition to his list of toys in the form of a Pershing 56 luxury yacht that he purchased for $2.2 million. Rossi suffered a career threatening injury in 2010 when he broke his leg but despite that he still managed to rake in $35 million and gained respect from the world and his fellow athletes. He recovered from another precarious situation in 2007 when a tax evasion probe found Rossi having undisclosed earnings of $160 million from 2000 to 2004. He paid an estimated $60 million to close the case and avoid possible jail term. Rossi, a native of Italy, is extremely fond of his country and everything about it. From his inhibited fondness for Italian football club Internazionale to his passion for Ferrari and even the girls he has dated, most of whom have been stunning Italian actresses, Rossi is one legendary Italian for sure.

Quotes

  • But I could also start F1 or rallying. I love rallying much more.
  • It is a big problem and so I don't know for sure if I say yes or no to Ferrari.
  • I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.
  • “I'm lucky because I don't feel too much pressure - it's only in the last hour before the race, and even then it's good, positive pressure.”
  • I race to win. If I am on the bike or in a car it will always be the same.
  • “When it's difficult like this, the taste (of winning) is better.”
  • I would have probably stolen cars - it would have given me the same adrenaline rush as racing.
  • “The advantage we have in the championship means that I can ride at each of the remaining six rounds without pressure to try to win every race,”
  • I always enjoyed myself a lot in pre-school.
  • “For sure, this is a magic circuit for me, ... I have had some great, great battles here in the past.”
  • But I could also start F1 or rallying. I love rallying much more.
  • I have won on Honda and Yamaha so maybe it is interesting to win with a third team, Ducati, who are Italian.
  • Also, when I started racing he knew a lot of people and it was more easy for me to find the first bike, so I have a good chance for sure.
  • “I am Valentino Rossi. If I stay in MotoGP it is to try to win. When that is not possible it is time to stay at home and work in the garden!”
  • "Every year starts from scratch. I know that I am the one everybody wants to beat. It's like I have a target on my back."
  • "I'm Valentino Rossi. And I want to be a person, not an icon."
  • "It would be great to have Valentino in F1, but he wouldn't have even a minimal chance of winning."
  • "Starting from the third row will make life difficult tomorrow as it will be hard to overtake,"
  • Riding a race bike is an art - a thing that you do because you feel something inside.

Did you know?

  • Rossi's first passion for racing is for karting.
  • His father, Graziano replaced his 60cc motor by 100cc national kart motor when he was 5 year old.
  • Rosis's first prominent nickname was "Rossifumi''.
  • He loves his friends and the text written on Rosis's helmet refers to the name of his group of friends.

Family & relationships

Valentino Rossi Estates and Homes (2)

Valentino Rossi London home

London Home

The Italian racer owns a house in London UK. He bought this house while contract with Honda. 

Ibiza home

Ibiza Home

Rossi also own a villa in Ibiza an island in the Mediterranean Sea is well known for its summer club parties which attract large numbers of tourists.

Valentino Rossi Yachts (1)

Pershing 56

Pershing 56 yacht

Valentino Rossi recently purchased a Pershing 56 luxury yacht. The MotoGP superstar traded his 50 foot yacht called Titilla, also a Pershing, to buy the new Pershing 56. He has named his latest purchase Titilla II that is 18 meters in length and has six berths. Rossi’s impressive toy boasts two engines that combine to produce a mammoth 1300 hp.

Kitchen view

Kitchen view
Luxurious kitchen inside Valentino Rossi's Pershing 56

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom
Inside bedroom view of Valentino Rossi's yacht

Valentino Rossi Hobbies (1)

Italian football club Internazionale

His fondness for Italian football club Internazionale.

Unlike Rossi's personal life his fondness for Italian football club Internazionale is not a secret. And Rossi admits it. After winning his ninth World title in October 2009, Inter congratulated Rossi on their official website.

Valentino Rossi Autos and Cars (2)

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Valentino Rossi was gifted a fly yellow colored Ferrari 458 Italia by iconic race car maker Ferrari on April 2012 in recognition of his sporting achievements. The multiple MotoGP World Champions race car’s license plate displays “046VR”, which matches Rossi’s bike number plate along with his initials. Valentino was photographed taking his Ferrari out on a test drive on the Monza racing track in Italy. The Ferrari packs in a formidable reputation as a speed demon and can go from zero to 100 km/hour in just 3.5 seconds. The $250,000 car can reach a top speed of 325 km/hour.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia
Personalized for Rossi with a matte black roof and his signature number 46
M3 Sedan

BMW M3 Sedan

After securing his record ninth MotoGP title, Valentino Rossi has proved that he is the fastest man on two wheels. And BMW has acknowledged the Italian's speed by awarding him a spanking new M3 sedan. Also BMW gave him a rare opportunity to test drive the new hardcore M3 GTS about which Rossi seems to be super excited.

BMW M3 Sedan

BMW M3 Sedan
Valentino Rossi driving his luxurious automobile, BMW M3 Sedan

Valentino Rossi Cause (2)

Riders for Health

Ducati UK is set to auction the 1198 Valentino Rossi rode in June this year at Silverstone during the launch of the new Silverstone wing. The money from the sale will be donated to motor cycling’s favorite charity, Riders for Health.

Dirt for Motocross Charity Event

A charity motocross event called “motocross dei Campioni, 30 anni dopo” organized by Valentino Rossi drew more than 10,000 supporters. The aim of the event was to raise funds for a children’s hospital based in Pesaro, Italy which helps to cure children suffering from leukemia.

Valentino Rossi Pets (2)

Cesare and Cecilia

Rossi now has two new dogs (one male and one female), named Cesare and Cecilia.

Guido

British bulldog named Guido, which he had from 2000 until 2008.

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