To the question “What do you do on Wednesday?” Came the typical answer for a jack of all trades: “Look, for 90 years, Wednesday has always been after Tuesday. That will never change! “
There is no party in Gstaad
So, there will be no fireworks or birthday party on Wednesday in Bernes Oberland: “We will probably go to lunch with my daughter Tamara!” For breakfast he probably has fried eggs and toast with his favorite apricot jam …
“Please wear masks!”
Coronal chaos also changed Ecclestones life: “I can not understand why so many people still do not wear a mask. This damn virus is dangerous. “And I am glad that Switzerland offers my family a lot of security with Fabiana and Ace.” There is also a problem. Fabiana: “We just named the dog because it does not cause any problems!”
Limited area in London and Amparo
Bernie has lived regularly in Gstaad for almost 35 years. He smiles: “Unfortunately, I missed applying for the red passport!”
His other two homes in London and his farm in Amparo near Sao Paulo are currently off-limits. “I hope Corona will not bother us for years!
Bernie’s hotel remains closed
He has now voluntarily closed his Olden Hotel following a coronation and quarantine case. Ecclestone knows that now the seriousness of life is more important than his passion for business. But he has more time for the board. “Fortunately, the wife is slowly improving …”
“Money has never been a driving force!
“I was an eternal player. All the deals were a kind of competition for me. The more I could gamble and go out, the better I felt. “The fact that I became very rich with these victories at the negotiating table was just the result – but never the driving force.”
“My opponents should sweat”
Bernie just wanted to do the impossible with his almost 160 centimeters, to see how his colleague was sweating more and more. “The most important thing for me was to get television in the 1970s. “Races still benefit from this today.”
Dismissal signed immediately
On January 21, 2017, after more than 40 years at the top of Formula 1, Ecclestone was expelled from the new owners of the United States: “Chase Carey gave me the documents for dismissal. I should have read it, but I immediately took the last page and signed it. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”
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“Hybrid madness destroyed everything!
He just smiles at today’s Formula 1: “When hybrid engines were introduced in 2014, I said law enforcement officers were crazy because Mercedes would put everything down! Until then, fans loved sports, noise and adored pilots as heroes. For several years now, the stars have been walking around with only a press officer and saying banal things! “
Tights and T-shirt
If you want to meet the real Mr. E., you have to have breakfast with him on his farm. When out and about all day in baggy pants and a T-shirt. Or go to a pizzeria in the evening. He has packed the leftovers for his dogs. Dog box …
The back and the heart
Healthy? “Sometimes my back hurts. Then comes the physiotherapist. “Fabiana is responsible for other things as well.”
Since August 2012, when they got married in Thun BE, he has been married in a dream to Fabiana (44): “She knows all my inconveniences and gives me what is important, love.”
“Everyone has to die and pay taxes”
The son of a working class family does not mention that he has already had two heart surgeries. “Even at my age, you no longer do anything stupid. You just have to die and pay the tax. That applies to everyone! “
Formula 1 should thank Ecclestone forever. “I saved several teams from collapse, Williams several times and made millions to be millionaires.”
“I am happier than ever”
Bernie does not expect thanks on her 90th birthday either: “I’m happier now than ever and I’m just thrilled that so many people and drivers keep calling and asking me for advice!”
Do you still have desires at this biblical age? Bernie smiles, “I’d like to talk to my son Es.”
Ecclestone has to wait a little longer. No problem, because his motto in life is always the same in all situations: “It’s not over yet!”
It’s not over yet!
Two of Ecclestone’s biggest deals
In 2009, he divorced his second wife Slavica in 58 seconds after more than 25 years – and set a $ 600 million mark.
“I just wanted to be quiet!” That was the case in August 2014. Shortly before the acquittal in the Munich bribery trial, Bernie offered the court $ 100 million, “because I was tired of hearing the perpetual German translations.”
When the judge asked him to donate something to a children’s charity in Munich, he signed a check for a million at the exit! This is Bernie too.
His trick with an umbrella
A few years ago in London, Ecclestone invited me to his pub for a simple lunch. Bernie had two umbrellas with him. I asked, “Why?” Bernie just smiled. It was raining like crazy outside after lunch. Bernie: “Now you know why I have two umbrellas with me. Because that’s how you do business because now you have to buy the second one from me. Happy Birthday! (RB)