Lewis Hamilton is no doubt one of the most popular Formula One drivers in the world today, and one of the all-time greats. The Brit has seven Formula One Championship to his name — only the legendary Michael Schumacher has won that much in the history of Formula One.
The 37 years old driver is a force to reckon with in Formula One and the world of sport. He keeps setting and breaking records and has been able to amass a high net worth for himself from his numerous victories on the tracks, and his numerous endorsement deals with supplementary income from channels like his racing team Mercedes-AMG Petronas, X44, his clothing line TOMMYXLEWIS, and his Vegan Restaurant Neat Burger among others.
Lewis Hamilton loves to enjoy the good things in life — and he made sure he worked hard to get the means to acquire them. We will take a look at how the superstar driver, who is considered the richest sportsman in the UK, made his fortune, and we'll also check out his amazing collection of cars.
Lewis Hamilton, The Greatest Of All Time?
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is a mixed-race of both Grenada and British descent driver representing Mercedes in the Formula One Championship. He was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England on January 7, 1985. The driver kick-started his racing career in 1998 by joining McLaren's young driver’s program, and officially became a Formula One driver in 2007. He hit the ground running instantly by winning his first World Championship a year after — becoming the then youngest championship winner in the competition’s history.
Lewis Hamilton left McLaren and joined Mercedes for the 2013 season, and his talent became full-blown from thereon. He went on to win six more F1 Championship titles after joining Mercedes (2014 - 2015, 2017 - 2020). The driver holds the record for the most podium finishes, most pole position, and most wins in Formula One history.
How Much Is Lewis Hamilton Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, all the activities of Hamilton on track and off-track has fetched him a net worth of $285 million. All that fortune isn't made by luck, he is super talented and a hard worker who has made some pretty good decisions too.
In 2015, Hamilton signed a new three-year contract with Mercedes in a deal that was worth over $100 million dollars. He put hands to paper for a new two-year contract extension in 2018 that was reported to be worth almost $100 million dollars, and this took him to the number one spot on the list of the highest-paid drivers in the Formula One Championship.
Hamilton renewed his contract with Mercedes in 2021. The extension will see him remain with Mercedes till 2023, and it came with a sumptuous package that will see him earn up to $70 million per annum —- still maintaining the spot of the highest-paid driver in the history of Formula One.
Besides his mouth-watering salary, Lewis Hamilton also benefited immensely from his numerous endorsement deals with multinational companies. These companies reward him handsomely just to have their company’s logo on the car he drives in his races. He rakes in around $12 million every year from brands like Monster Energy, Bose Electronics, Sony, Tommy Hilfiger, Mr. Agusta Motorcycles, and more. The driver also serves as a “maestro” of the Gran Turismo series in Gran Turismo Sport. His net worth ranks him as 8th among the richest Sportsmen in the World.
Lewis Hamilton is not only about endorsement and Formula One, but he also has hubbies and other things he is passionate about. Notably, Hamilton is into environmental and social activism, philanthropic works. Also, he doesn't hide his high-class lifestyle and his collection of exotic and fast cars from the public's eye.
Lewis Hamilton's Car Collection
It is no surprise that the professional racing driver has a huge collection of luxurious, fast, and expensive cars in his garage – he is a driver after all. He claimed they are a way of storing wealth. The start of his collection can be traced back to 2002, the year he got his driver's license. Hence, his collection started with his very first car; a Mini Cooper. This collection has massively grown since then, and it now has as much as fifteen cars, which included incredible supercars like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Black Series.
Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Black Series
This car isn’t just hype and long name, it is a high-end Mercedes and boasts of extraordinary durability, efficiency, and performance. It is inspired by the race-going version of the SLS AMG GT3. The SLS AMG Coupe is powered by a 6.3-Liter V8 engine that is capable of 631 horsepower, at 7400 rpm. It cost Lewis Hamilton $2.7 million to add one to his collection.
Lewis Hamilton's McLaren P1
Hamilton started his Formula 1 career with the British outfit before moving to Mercedes, so it is no surprise he has one of the brand's cars in his collection. Hamilton's P1 is an exclusive car, less than 400 were ever made. The P1 is fitted with a monstrous V12 engine that can generate 903 Horsepower and can go from zero to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds. It cost Hamilton $1.15 million to add the monster to this personal collection.
Lewis Hamilton's Ferrari LaFerrari
Hamilton has two Ferrari LaFerrari in his collection; a white LaFerrari 599 SA Aperta and a white LaFerrari coupe. The two are exclusive Ferrari cars with great design and powerful engines. Hamilton got the two for a combined cost in the range of $4 million.
Some other cars in his collection include two 1966 Shelby Cobra that cost him over $3 million, a Mercedes-Benz Maybach S600, and a Can-Am Maverick X31967 among others. The cars in Lewis Hamilton collection are worth over $15 million. Not bad for someone with a net worth of hundreds of million dollars.