Kimi Raikkonen Net Worth, Biography | Career and more
Kimi Raikkonen’s net worth, salary, and earnings in his career?
Kimi Raikkonen is a wealthy Finnish race car driver with a net worth of $250 million. Kimi earned well over $50 million per year at his peak, making him one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Räikkönen earned the nickname “Iceman” for several reasons: he’s from Finland, he’s cool under pressure, and he’s also known for his icy demeanor toward the media, other racers, and teammates.
How much do the 2021 Formula 1 drivers earn?
Pos Driver Salary (USD) – Kimi Raikkonen $10m 11 Sergio Perez $8m 12 Lando Norris $5m – Esteban Ocon $5m
Raikkonen is the most successful Finnish Formula One driver of all time, with 21 Grand Prix victories as of 2020. He has raced for a variety of Formula One teams, but his greatest success came with Ferrari. Kimi has competed in a variety of motorsport events outside of Formula One, including the World Rally Championship, NASCAR, snowmobile races, and many more.
Kimi-Matias Räikkönen was born in Espoo, Finland, on October 17, 1979. Räikkönen began racing at the age of 10 in karting. He was competing in karting races in Monaco at the age of 15, demonstrating incredible perseverance by driving his kart even after his steering wheel broke. Kimi was involved in a bicycle accident when he was younger, which damaged his vocal cords. This has an impact on his voice, giving him a distinct speaking style.
He eventually advanced to much more prestigious races, including the Nordic Championship, European Formula Super A Championship, Formula Ford Euro Cup, British Formula Renault winter series, and Formula Renault UK Championship. His outstanding performances ensured him a future in Formula One.
Kimi first met Jenni Dahlman, a Finnish model, in 2002. They married two years later, and their marriage lasted nearly ten years before their divorce in 2014. Räikkönen later married Minna-Mari Virtanen, another model. The couple married a year after welcoming their first child into the world. In 2017, Virtanen and Räikkönen welcomed their second child.
Räikkönen joined the Sauber Formula One team in 2000, making his debut at the Mugello Circuit. Kimi showed tremendous promise, and the Sauber team did everything they could to keep him hidden from their competitors until he competed on the big stage. Despite having only 23 races under his belt, he was granted an F1 license in 2001.
Räikkönen joined the McLaren team in 2002 after a strong first year at Sauber. After his first race with the team, he finished third, but engine problems continued to limit his potential. Despite McLaren’s use of an outdated engine and chassis, he eventually won his first race in 2003 and continued to put in strong performances.
Despite a number of setbacks, the team continued to perform well and could have won the Constructors’ Championship until the final race. Throughout the season, Räikkönen faced off against Michael Schumacher.
Engine problems persisted throughout the 2004 season, but Räikkönen remained competitive. Many observers thought he was one of the sport’s rising stars, and other racing teams began to take notice of him. A number of issues with McLaren cars persisted throughout 2005, prompting Räikkönen to consider leaving the team. He had many bright moments throughout the year, however, and was named Autosport’s “International Driver of the Year.”
A similar story unfolded for Räikkönen in 2006, and he eventually left McLaren to join Ferrari in 2007. He won the World Drivers Championship in his first season with his new team, and as of 2019, he was the last Scuderia Ferrari driver to do so. He won the DHL Fastest Lap Award for the second season in a row the following year after setting ten fastest laps throughout the season.
Throughout the 2009 season, the Ferraris appeared to be noticeably slower than the Red Bull and Brawn teams. Räikkönen finished 12th that year and left Formula One after several negotiations with different teams fell through. He then spent the next few years rallying in the World Rally Championship, posting good results but generally finishing behind the leaders.
Räikkönen shifted gears once more in 2011, this time trying his hand at NASCAR. He definitely showed promise, but he was unable to land a contract. He returned to Formula One in 2012, signing with Lotus. He quickly demonstrated that he had not lost his touch, posting podium finishes and finishing third overall.
In 2013, he won the Australian Grand Prix but had to retire early due to a back injury. Räikkönen rejoined Ferrari from 2014 to 2018. Despite not being able to re-create his previous form when he won the championship with Ferrari, Kimi performed admirably and earned contract extensions with the team. In his final season with Ferrari, he came in third place.
Räikkönen will join Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019. With a strong first half of the season, he demonstrated that he still had plenty of talent left and propelled the team to new heights of success. However, his form deteriorated significantly in 2020, and he essentially became Alfa Romeo’s number two driver, trailing the inexperienced Antonio Giovinazzi.
Kimi Räikkönen has significant real estate holdings, which is not surprising for someone with such a large net worth. In 2008, he was quite active, first selling his home in Finland for 14.5 million Euros. The house is said to be located in Helsinki’s capital and has eight rooms. He then bought a luxurious beachfront property in the picturesque Thai city of Phuket. He paid $1.5 million for the home and stated that he intended to use it as a vacation retreat for himself as well as his friends and family.
Kimi paid $24 million for a “dream home” in Baar, Switzerland, in 2009. Räikkönen dubbed the expansive villa “Butterfly” after completing the purchase. The home has 3,000 square feet of living space, two outdoor pools, and, of course, a large underground garage for the avid driver. Kimi was reported to have bought another home in Helsinki for 3 million Euros in 2014. Raikonnen is also said to own properties in Dubai, Porkkola, and Tahko.
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