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Christian Horner's F1 success facilitates a net worth boost

Jim K 03/29/2024
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Christian Horner

Image: Red Bull Racing

The longstanding leader of reigning constructors' champions Red Bull Racing has overseen the team since its inception in 2005, going from being the sport's youngest team principal to the longest-tenured one over the past two decades. Throughout that time, the 50-year-old has accumulated a net worth of around £50 million (~$63 million), which he shares with wife Geri Halliwell-Horner, best known as Ginger Spice from British pop act the Spice Girls.

Horner, born in 1973, did not initially pursue a path in business or management. He left school at 18 to focus on his burgeoning racing career. Victories in British Formula Renault and Class B of British F3 followed before he turned 20, but another race win did not come for the subsequent three years in the latter series. Nonetheless, for the 1997 season, he made his step up to International Formula 3000, the then-final step on the ladder before Formula 1. He did eventually reach the pinnacle, albeit not in the way he initially envisioned.

Christian Horner

Image: Red Bull Racing

Horner entered F3000 with Arden Motorsport, a team he co-founded the previous year with his father, Garry Horner. This came with tremendous risk as Christian borrowed money from several sources, including his father, and bought a second-hand trailer from rival manager Helmut Marko. But this bold owner-driver approach was the beginning of a single-seater empire as well as the catalyst for Horner's ascension to F1 and reunion with Marko, the adviser of the Red Bull Junior Team.

At the age of 25, after two years in F3000, he stepped back from competing to focus on the management side of the Arden business — with another loan from his father and the bank to expand to running a second car. This time, he also secured outside funding to defray the cost.

Christian Horner

Image: Red Bull Racing

As these changes happened, Horner was establishing himself as F1's leading team principal, at the helm of the then-dominant team. The Briton's time at Red Bull since his 2005 appointment has seen him take Red Bull Racing, owned by the Thai-Austrian energy drinks giant, to six teams' titles, seven drivers' titles, and 113 wins at the time of writing.

Christian Horner

Image: Red Bull Racing

A decade later in 2021, the year of Verstappen's first title win, his salary had quadrupled to £5,085,000. In 2022, the first year of the current F1 regulations, the figure jumped again to £8,044,000 as Red Bull took 17 of 22 race wins. Not only is Horner F1's most decorated current team principal but also its most well-compensated one. His total earnings from his long-time role significantly contribute to the reported £50 million net worth.


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