The Formula 1 pioneer, Bernie Ecclestone, aged 92, found himself in legal trouble, facing a staggering 400 million pounds in tax evasion charges. To evade imprisonment, Ecclestone resolved the matter by parting with an astonishing sum of 653 million pounds (equivalent to 797 million dollars).
Bernie Ecclestone's wealth is estimated to be nearly £2.5 billion, making it clear that he was compelled to sacrifice more than a quarter of his fortune to escape a 17-month prison sentence. This was quite an unexpected turn of events, considering his reputation for frugality.
Unlike many of his affluent counterparts who indulge in luxuries such as caviar and champagne on their private planes, Ecclestone was known for his modest choices, including opting for sandwiches.
Bernie was 30 centimeters shorter than Slavica, which inevitably drew attention
Ecclestone's ex-wife, Slavica, who shared 24 years of marriage with him and bore him two daughters, Petra and Tamara, provided insights into his steadfastness.
Their highly publicized and expensive divorce shed light on their lifestyle, revealing that Bernie was incredibly stringent with his finances, despite being a billionaire. According to Slavica, Bernie was a workaholic who lived a simple life, lacking the extravagant elements one would expect from individuals of their status.
Their household did not feature luxurious wines; instead, they settled for ordinary beer. Gourmet specialties were also a rarity as Bernie preferred the simplicity of eggs and toast. The former model disclosed that Bernie had a penchant for shopping during sales, a habit that frustrated her as she yearned for a more opulent lifestyle.
Nonetheless, Bernie Ecclestone took pride in his wealth and remained unfazed by the numerous criticisms he received, particularly regarding his physical appearance. Notably, Bernie was 30 centimeters shorter than Slavica, which inevitably drew attention.
When asked about this, he humorously quipped that they were of the same height when standing on his wallet. Bernie also candidly admitted that Slavica occasionally became confrontational after consuming a bit too much alcohol.
'He shouts a lot, sometimes throws plates at me. Then I hide in another room, because it seems to me that he likes to bully me,' Eccleston told reporters, writes the Daily Mail. Today, Slavica is savoring her independent life, appearing as vibrant as ever.
While she resides in London, where her daughters are based, she frequently escapes to Croatia during the summer months. Bernie, on the other hand, moved on from his marriage to Slavica and found love with Fabiana Flossi, whom he married in 2012. In a surprising turn of events, they welcomed a son in 2020 when Bernie was 90 years old.