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Bernard Charles "Bernie" Ecclestone (born 28 October 1930) is a British business magnate. He was the chief executive of the Formula One Group, which manages Formula One and controls the commercial rights to the sport, and part-owns Delta Topco, the ultimate parent company of the Formula One Group. As such, he is generally considered an authoritative voice in Formula One racing and is most commonly described in tabloid journalism as "F1 Supremo".
On 23 January 2017, it was announced that Bernie Ecclestone had been replaced by Chase Carey as chief executive of the Formula One Group, though he has been appointed as chairman emeritus and will act as an adviser to the board.
His early involvement in the sport was as a competitor and then as a manager of drivers Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt. In 1972, he bought the Brabham team, which he ran for fifteen years. As a team owner he became a member of the Formula One Constructors Association. His control of the sport, which grew from his pioneering the sale of television rights in the late 1970s, was chiefly financial, but under the terms of the Concorde Agreement he and his companies also managed the administration, setup and logistics of each Formula One Grand Prix, making him one of the richest men in the UK. Ecclestone entered two Grand Prix races as a driver, during the 1958 season, but failed to qualify for either of them.
Ecclestone and business partner Flavio Briatore also owned the English football club Queens Park Rangers between 2007 and 2011.
Relationship to #Pizzagate
Connection to Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore were business partners in a few ventures, including acquiring the UK Football team, the Queens Park Rangers. Briatore was also involved in Formula 1 as well, until a massive scandal broke involving him.
Flavio Briatore was one of the people Jeffrey Epstein's house butler, Alfredo Rodriguez, designated in Epstein's "Little Black Book" as someone who knew material information about Epstein's illicit activities. For more information, including document citations, see the wiki page for Flavio Briatore.
Connection to convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein
In Little Black Book. Also, Briatore.
Connection to Tony Blair
Connection to the ski resort of Gstaad, Switzerland, and possible connection to convicted pedophile film director, Roman Polanski
From the American Conservative article, What Happened to Gstaad, by Taki, December 24th, 2015:
One of the town’s oldest and most beautiful restaurants, the Olden, which one family owned for five generations, was sold to Bernie Ecclestone, the greedy midget billionaire who runs Formula One. He glitzed up the place, raised the prices by 20 times, abolished the dining room that only local farmers used, and turned it into a boutique hotel for the new rich. It was a bit like turning the Parthenon into a Hilton, but Ecclestone is not the worst there is in Gstaad. One day in future he will even be regarded as a gentleman. Have a happy new year.