Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the most popular F1 stars.With multiple records under his belt, and a total of six world championships, he has ensured his name is counted as among the all time greats of the sport.
He made his debut in 2007 with McLaren and was impressive from Day 1. In 2008, he won his first wold championship, thus declaring to the world as to what a talent he was. In 2013, he moved to Mercedes, a midfielder at that time. But the team’s fortunes turned immediately come the 2014 season. From 2014-2019, Lewis Hamilton has dominated extensively, only losing the 2016 season championship to teammate Nico Rosberg.
Naturally a talent like Mercedes does not come cheap. In 2o18, he signed a two year contract extension with the team, giving him a base salary of $30million with bonuses pushing it to as much as $50 million per annum for 2019 and 2020. Forbes estimated him at $51million at the end of 2019 consisting of $9 million from endorsements alone. His career earnings makes his net worth close to $500 million, even surpassing Michael Schumacher.
Such is the consistency of Lewis Hamilton that despite contesting in Formula One for a total of 13 seasons till now, he’s yet to go a season without a race victory. Being fast and consistent has helped him where he is right now: 6 world championships and 84 race victories. With 88 pole positions and counting he has the world record for the highest pole positions in Formula One ahead of second place Michael Schumacher with 68. His debut season in 2007, earned him a lot of accolades: most wins in a debut season (4), most pole positions in a debut season (6), most points in a debut season (109), most consecutive podium positions from debut (9) and the youngest driver to lead the championship (achieved at the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix). His 2019 championship run saw him finish with 413 points, a world record for the most points by a driver in a season. With the way he is going, by the time he retires, he would have broken almost all standing F1 records including Michael Schumacher’s 91 race victories and 7 world championships.
Naturally the popularity that Lewis Hamilton enjoys, he is the centre piece of a lot endorsements. His interest in designing saw him have a very close collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger (More on this here).
Apart from this, he has endorsements from Monster Energy, Puma, IWC, Sony, Bose, Bell Helmets, MV Agusta Motorcyles and more. He is the most marketable driver on the F1 grid, at the moment.
In 2018 alone, his endorsements were worth $9 million.
Lewis Hamilton has pledged his support to UNICEF, Education Africa, Save the Children and a few others. He is also a vegan by choice and doesn’t shy away from proclaiming the need for veganism to save animals and our planet Earth from global warming. He was named by PETA the 2018 personality of the year for his efforts to save animals. He also has a charity of his own. More details on this here.
Mercedes-Benz, Tommy Hilfiger, Monster Energy, Puma, IWC, Sony, BOSE, Bell Helmets, MV Agusta Motorcycles
|Annual Salary||$50 million|
|Net Worth||$500 milliom|