Ecclestone 22nd most powerful person in global sports

© F1 Pulse, 7 March 2013
© AP Photo/Tom Hevezi

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has made it into Sports Illustrated’s ‘50 Most Powerful People in Sports’ list.

At 82, the F1 president and CEO is the oldest figure to be featured by the publication and is ranked 22nd.

“Referred to as ‘F1 supremo,’ the diminutive 82-year-old British billionaire shaped modern Grand Prix racing and controls a sport that Formula Money reports as having $1.7 billion in annual revenue and more than 500 million TV viewers worldwide,” read the report.

The list is headed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell while International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, who met Ecclestone at the British Grand Prix last year, is at number eight.

NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France was at number 40 for transforming the American motor racing series “from a regional diversion into a national sports and commercial powerhouse”.

“The 50-year-old instituted the Chase playoff format and has pushed for safety advances and green initiatives while forging TV deals worth $5.14 billion,” it reasoned.

Sports Illustrated had devised its own criteria to rank those involved and based on its parameters, oddly, lists United States president Barack Obama at number 44.


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