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James Hunt Biography
James Simon Wallis Hunt was born on 29 August 1947, in Belmont, Surrey, England, and was a race driver, best known for winning the Formula One World Championship in 1976. After retiring from the sport, he also became a well-known commentator for the BBC. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 1993.
How rich was James Hunt? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $40 million, mostly earned through a successful career as a race driver. He won numerous races with several teams over the course of his career. All of these ensured the position of his wealth.
James Hunt Net Worth $40 million
At an early age, Hunt showed skill at several sports and played with various teams at his schools. He attended Westerleigh School where he showed proficiency in cricket, soccer and tennis. After matriculating, he enrolled at Wellington College, originally planning to become a doctor, but then found a passion for racing after witnessing his friend join a race event. He then started practicing to race after getting his driver’s license.
Hunt started his career in a racing Mini but encountered numerous problems after discovering that his company was making modifications that were deemed illegal, so left this team and move up to Formula Ford in 1968. He started winning races, and moved to Formula Three during the next year, earning more wins and sponsorships. He raced for STP-March team in 1972 but was suddenly dropped a few months later, after a few more problems with the team, he left and joined Hesketh.
James started to race in Formula One with Hesketh in 1973, and they were originally underestimated by a lot of other teams. Hunt proved them wrong with high placed finishes in their first season, which earned him a Campbell Trophy. The following year, Hesketh was starting to earn recognition as a car without sponsorship markings, and it was topped off by Hunt winning the BRDC International Trophy non-Championship race. After several problems that led him to drop-out of several races in 1975, he finally scored a win at the Dutch Grand Prix, but with Hesketh losing sponsorship money, Hunt left to join McLaren on a $200,000 contact.
Hunt and McLaren immediately started competing for the top spot, most notably battling against his rival Niki Lauda who was almost killed and badly burnt in a crash at the German Grand Prix. Hunt won six races, but the rivalry still culminated at the last race in Japan, where Hunt would get third place and win the World Championship by just one point making it one of the most exciting Formula One championships in history. The following year, he encountered numerous problems and was having controversies once again for not appearing at podium ceremonies and clashing with other racers. He ended at fifth place in the World Drivers’ Championship. The following year, he only scored a few world championship points as he was greatly affected by the death of his friend Ronnie Peterson who died in a crash. In 1979, he left McLaren and joined the Walter Wolf Racing Team hoping to get another championship. However, the team’s car was uncompetitive and Hunt lost any motivation for winning in what was his last Formula One season. However, his net worth was well established.
After retiring, Hunt became a television commentator for the BBC program “Grand Prix”. He also did the guest commentary at several Grand Prix events, but clashed a lot with his co-commentator Murray Walker and often criticized drivers who according to him, were not trying hard enough. Still, his dry sense of humor, knowledge and insights earned him a lot of fans.
For his personal life, it is known that Hunt married Suzy Miller in 1974 but divorced a year later when she left him for actor Richard Burton. In 1983, he married Sarah Lomax and they had two children. They divorced in 1989 apparently due to adultery by Hunt. He proposed to Helen Dyson just a day before his death. James died in his sleep at the age of 45 in 1993, as a result of a heart attack.
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|Full Name||James Hunt|
|Net Worth||$40 Million|
|Date Of Birth||August 29, 1947|
|Died||June 15, 1993, Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom|
|Place Of Birth||Belmont, Sutton, United Kingdom|
|Education||Wellington College, Berkshire|
|Spouse||Sarah Lomax (m. 1983–1989), Suzy Hunt (m. 1974–1976)|
|Children||Freddie Hunt, Tom Hunt|
|Parents||Sue Hunt, Wallis Hunt|
|Siblings||David Hunt, Sally Hunt, Georgina Hunt, Timothy Hunt, Peter Hunt|
|Nominations||BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, Milliyet Sports Award for World Athlete of the Year|
|Movies||The Plank, The Boot Street Band, Grand Prix|
|TV Shows||Grand Prix, The Boot Street Band|
|1||Played by Chris Hemsworth in Rush (2013).|
|2||Was educated at Wellington College.|
|3||Before becoming a racing driver, he training to be a doctor.|
|4||Was a keen budgie breeder. In his youth, he planned to breed budgies as a career, claiming that he could "retire at 30, a millionaire." However, reality caught up with him, and his first job was as a hospital porter. However, after he'd retired from racing, he spent more time on his hobby and bred up to 150 birds (some worth several thousand pounds). He won rosettes and trophies from exhibitions around the country.|
|5||Was presented with a 750cc Triumph T140E(S) Bonneville Electro motorcycle by the workers of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd for promoting this model with pop star, David Essex on behalf of their worker's co-operative at the famous Meriden factory. Apparently, unlike Essex, he did not have a license to ride a motorcycle so confined himself to using the motorcycle on the private estates of his posh friends, having had the motorcycle chromed top-to-toe. The motorcycle expired, apparently having suffered an electrical fire.|
|6||Formula 1 driver. He won ten of his 92 Grand Prix races during a seven-year F1 career (1973-1979) and took the world title in a McLaren in 1976.|
|7||He was nick-named "Hunt the Shunt".|
|1||Speaking in 1990: "I have a problem ... well I don't have a problem, but Brands Hatch for example have a problem with company days, because every time I go there I take passengers round in one of their sports racers, I reduce my own passenger lap record - and they go hairy because it's wearing their car out. But I can't drive any other way, and I never have been able to. If I get into a car on a circuit I drive as fast as I can, that's it!"|
|Mr. H Is Late||1988||TV Short||Trucker|
|Kenny Everett's Christmas Carol||1985||TV Movie||Footman|
|Three of a Kind||1983||TV Series|
|The Plank||1979||TV Short||One-Eyed Truck Driver|
|The Morecambe & Wise Show||1977||TV Series||Chauffeur|
|Bobby Deerfield||1977||driver: Formula 1 car|
|Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes||1993||TV Special||Himself|
|Grand Prix||1981-1986||TV Series||Himself|
|The Kenny Everett Television Show||1982||TV Series||Himself|
|The Big Time||1980||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Friday Night, Saturday Morning||1979||TV Series||Himself|
|Big Night||1978||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|Saturday Night at the Mill||1978||TV Series||Himself|
|V.I.P.-Schaukel||1978||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Superstars||1976||TV Series||Himself - Competitor|
|The Mike Douglas Show||1976||TV Series||Himself - Race Car Driver|
|One by One||1974||Documentary||Himself|
|The Cars That Made Britain Great||2016||TV Series||Himself|
|The Last Teammate||2014||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals||2013||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|Murray Walker: Life in the Fast Lane||2011||TV Movie documentary||Himself - 1977 F1 World Champion|
|Great Grand Prix Racing Heroes||2010||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|When Playboys Ruled the World||2010||Documentary||Himself|
|A Good Turn Daily||1983||Short||Himself (uncredited)|