Sebastian Vettel Net Worth, Money and More

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There are some things that you can fulfill with money, but at the end of the day these are not the things that make you happy. It is the small things that make life good.  – Sebastian Vettel





Sebastian Vettel as a kid dreamed of nothing unusual for any boy of his age, a dream of racing cars for the rest of his life. He wanted to become a racer, and so he did.

Vettel was raised in a family of moderate income in Happenheim, then West Germany, where his dad was just a carpenter building rooftops. He grew up with three other siblings, and idolized Michael Schumacher. Disproving the fact that you really need to pay to make it big in Formula One, Vettel dreamed big despite being from a small-income family and went on to become success story, and the richest Formula One racer ever. He worked to challenge himself every day, and since 2008 the world witnessed it.


His career started in 1995 winning various titles at cart races, with a confidence boost coming along in  the Junior Monaco Kart Cup win in 2001. Following which Vettel won the rookie honors of 2005, soon after which his career went up the charts with improvements and wins in his races. The major boost to the career came with the 2008 Italian Grand Prix wrote Sebastian Vettel down in the history of Formula One, for he became the youngest to win a Formula One Grand Prix. He replaced the retired David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing in 2009. Following which Sebastian Vettel has been growing as a Formula One racer, achieving unprecedented feats in his career. Following his title success at the Indian Grand Prix, he is not only the youngest ever four-time world champion but also the only driver in the history of the sport to claim his first four titles in succession. All this glory and success, has made Sebastian Vettel a huge commercial success, apart from making him the 89th highest paid athletes in the world today, according to the 2013 Forbes list of the world’s richest.



As of today, Sebastian Vettel pockets $18 million every year, as of June 2013 estimates. He has been declared the world’s 69th highest-paid athlete of the year of 2013, apart from which he scores the first position in the Formula One rich list also.  The youngest ever Formula One racer to win a Grand Prix not only earns a good $17 million from his races as the prize money, but he is also in a league of his own when it comes to endorsement, both in the quantity and the caliber of sponsors. His success with sponsors and endorsements is due to his impeccable record of world championship for almost six years now. Vettel can be seen as the face of brands like Head & shoulders, and was also signed to do an voice-over for German version of Pixar Animation, Cars 2.  Over the years, the German Formula One has grown to make himself of a net worth of $28 million, and this speaks for how it pays to work hard in life.



Being the richest Formula One athlete, money is not considered as an incentive by Vettel. He is more often than not spotted making comments on how money isn’t his motivation that drives him to work out every morning, and dedicate the rest of the day to practice, rather it is passion, and that is what he believes brings him the necessary happiness. He is a man of big heart, who believes in emotions, friendship and humanity. He loves to race, and believes it’s the passion alone that aids his success in every race and is the key to survival in this field of cut-throat competition. In an interview on the feeling of being the richest among Formula One racers, the German racer commented, “At the end of your life, its friendships, emotions and thoughts that you take with you, rather than what’s in your bank account. So, even though people don’t have a lot here, they are a lot richer in many ways and we can learn from that.”


That being Sebastian Vettel’s thought on money and happiness, let’s get to his personal front. The world’s richest Formula One Racer’s personal life has always been in the dark. He dislikes too much publicity and media when it comes to his personal interests. So, when it comes to his high school sweetheart, Hanna Prater, who is known to the public as his girlfriend since 2007, is never seen in the Formula One races or padocks, the reason being her presence tends to compel Vettel to think of her on the stands and if she has also the necessities. If you would think his obsession is only with the safety of his muse here, you would be wrong. There is one more thing Vettel has enjoyed ever since he is a kid, designing his helmets for the races. Since, 2007 he has his personalized helmets every season. The first one bore the name of his birth-town below is visor, and since there have been a range of fascinating designs. As for juicy gossips and controversies surrounding this German-racer, there are hardly any. The man is too wise for his age, and seems to have mastered the magic combination to stay out of the media-ruckus. But when it comes to racing, the world is a bitter one, always trying to pull down the one on the top of the success ladder. Recently, there has been a huge hue-and-cry raised about the build and mechanics of the red-bull car and the head-height in comparison to McLaren, alleging Sebastian Vettel of cheating in the Singapore Grand Prix ’13.


Success comes at a great cost. We see how most of the Formula One fans have turned down upon Vettel as supporters, by booing his victories, not appreciating his achievements and insulting the Red Bull franchise. Probably this is the general trend in our society, see a man rise and once he is there and consistent, people get bored and find it more amusing to go against what the facts make so obvious. Vettel still continues to be determined and strong-willed enjoying his success and money in style, and pampering himself. After all, you don’t become a million overnight.

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