As the 2015 Formula One (F1) Grand Prix season kicks off a racing rich list has named former Northern Ireland driver Eddie Irvine as one of the top earners in the sport of all time.


The list, released by Wealth-X, charts the top 10 richest F1 drivers and our Eddie is in there at number 4.

Cruising into first place on the list is seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who has an estimated net worth of US$780 million.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton – who opened the 2015 season with a convincing victory at last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix – came in fifth place on the Wealth-X list with a personal fortune of US$110 million.

The youngest driver on the list is 27-year-old Sebastien Vettel, who has a net worth of US$45 million. The oldest is 60-year-old retired Frenchman Alain Prost, who has amassed a personal fortune of US$70 million.

Here’s the list:

1. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes, $780m (retired)

2. Fernando Alonso – McLaren, $220m (active)

3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari, $180m (active)

4. Eddie Irvine – Jaguar, $180m (retired)

5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes, $110m (active)

6. Jenson Button – McLaren, $100m (active)

7. Alan Prost – Williams, $70m (retired)

8. David Coulthard – Red Bull, $70m (retired)

9. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari, $45m (active)

10. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes, $30 (active)

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