“Hamilton Was the Highest Ranking Sports Star”: F1 Legend Lewis Dwarfs Lebron James With $1,700,000 Appearance to Take Commanding Lead in Elite List

Published 07/05/2023, 4:53 PM EDT

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In the world of sports entertainment, there are only a few who have carved such a niche for themselves that they can’t ever be overtaken. NBA legend, LeBron James is one such man who arguably sits at the very pinnacle of this list. While this may be true 9 out of 10 times, 7x champion, Lewis Hamilton has thrown a spanner in the works with his latest antics on the global fashion scene.

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The 38-year-old is the undisputed fashionista in the Formula 1 paddock. Regarded as the most stylish F1 driver ever, the Brit has a reputation for the exquisite. As it turns out though, his reputation precedes himself beyond the four corners of motorsport, too!

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Hamilton has been known to add that extra bit of panache at glamorous fashion events and galas. Recently, the Brit featured in two high-profile events, namely, Pharrell Williams’ Louis Vuitton debut in Paris and Rick Owen’s show.

According to Vogue Business, “At Louis Vuitton, rubbing shoulders with the fashion glitterati were NBA stars (LeBron James and Russell Westbrook), racing drivers (Lewis Hamilton and Pierre Gasly) and footballers (Marcus Rashford, Jude Bellingham and Jules Kounde),” amongst other A-listers from the world of sports, fashion, and entertainment.

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However, with this appearance, the Brit eclipsed even the mighty James and all of his fellow contemporaries. “Hamilton was the highest ranking sports star in terms of EMV [Earned Media Value], generating $1,700,000 after attending Pharrell Williams’s debut at Louis Vuitton and the Rick Owens show,” suggested the magazine.

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That being said, it’s not all work in the life of Lewis Hamilton.

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While the Louis Vuitton event was a momentous one for debutant Pharrell Williams, it was actually Hamilton who stole the headlines with an eye-watering payout. Naturally, the Brit was in the mood to enjoy himself at the event, and enjoyed what he did!

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The Sun reported, “Hamilton decided to rock up with musician Pharrell and influencer Kim [Kardashian] as they turned heads at the Louis Vuitton show. The F1 star looked sharp in an all-black outfit with a lighter checked jacket on top. Hamilton completed the look with a stunning gold chain around his neck, as well as a pair of nifty sunglasses.”

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Anirban Aly Mandal

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Anirban Aly Mandal is a senior F1 writer at EssentiallySports, with over 500 articles published on the platform. Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 while playing on his computer, and he has since then dived deep into the world of motorsports. Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports.
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