Michael Schumacher: Controversies, Accident & Net Worth

When it comes to the racetrack and F1, obviously, Michael Schumacher comes into mind as the most iconic figure in the car racing world.

His early interest and potential in racing led him to become an iconic figure for recording the fastest laps; the most races won in a single season, and many more.

Moreover, he has won seven world championship titles and has the most Grand Prix victories in the world.

Michael-Schumacher-striking-a-pose
Michael Schumacher striking a pose.

Schumacher is also known for making Forumla One famous around Europe and Germany. 

So, how well do you know about Michael Schumacher? If not much that, then buckle up to know about the most iconic figure in the world of racing.

Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about Michael Schumacher:

Full Name Michael Schumacher
Nickname/Celebrated Name Schumi, Schuey, The Red Baron, Schu, Regenkonig, Regenmeister
Date of birth 3rd January 1969 
Age 53
Birthplace Hurth, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Religion Catholic
Nationality German
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Green
Height In meter – 174m
In feet and inches – 5’9”
Weight In kilograms – 74 kg
In pound – 265 lbs
Parents Father – Rolf Schumacher
Mother – Elisabeth Schumacher
Siblings Ralf Schumacher (younger brother)
Sabastian Stahl (step-brother)
School Realschule der Stadt Kerpen School
College Unknown
Spouse Corinna Betsch
Children Mick Schumacher, Gina Marie
Profession German racing driver
Net Worth $780 million (as of 2022)
Endorsements CS Ranch, Deutsche Vermogensberatung, Mercedes Benz, and Mick Schumacher
Debut Year 1991 (Formula One)
Career History 1991-2006
2010-2012
Social Media Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram
Merch Model Car, Signed Photo
Last Update June, 2022

Michael Schumacher: Family and Childhood

Parents

 Michael Schumacher was born in Hurth, North Rhine Westphalia, West Germany, on January 3rd, 1969, to Rolf Schumacher and Elisabeth.

His father’s modification over his pedal kart ignited his journey into the racing when he crashed it into a lamp post in Karpen.

After that, his parents take him to the karting track at Karpen-Horrem, becoming the youngest member of the karting club.

Michael’s father worked as a bricklayer and a second job in renting and repairing karts and her mother in a track’s canteen to support his interest.

Michael Schumacher: Siblings

Schumacher has two siblings.

Ralf Schumacher, the younger brother, is also the former racing driver, and the pair are the only siblings to win Formula One races.

Moreover, the racer retired in 2012 and took up a managerial role in DTM.

Michel Schumacher with his brother Ralf Schumacher
Michel Schumacher with his brother Ralf Schumacher

Sebastian is Schumacher’s step-brother, who drove in the VLN endurance series for Airnergy Motorsport.

He also drove for A1 Team Germany in 2006 at A1 Grand Prix.

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Michael Schumacher: Childhood

Schumacher’s parent’s supported his interest and helped him pursue his career from an early age.

In addition, his parents working in repairing karts and canteen tracks helped him continue his career.

At an early age, he competed in various championships and managed to win the title. He obtained his Luxembourg license at the age of 12.

And later, he obtained his German license after winning the German Junior Kart competition.

Moreover, by 1987, he managed to gain the title of German and European Kart Champion.

Body measurement and Education

 Born in 1969, Michael is 53 in 2022.

He is 175m tall and weighs 265lbs. In addition, the racer has dark brown hair with beautiful green eyes.

Schumacher has confirmed in many interviews that he dropped his school to pursue a career in the racing world.

First, however, he attended the Realschule der Stadt Kerpen School (1980-1986).

Then, he was enrolled in Kart Club at a very young age by his parents and advanced to first-class driving testing.

Michael Schumacher: Personal Life

Wife

When it comes to celebrities, most of them are married to a couple of people.

However, Schumacher’s case is completely different.

He married to Corinna Betsch in 1995. She is a German animal rights activist and an accomplished horse rider.

Michael Schumacher with his wife, Corinna Schumacher
Michael Schumacher with his wife, Corinna Schumacher

They have two children, Mark, and Gina-Marie Schumacher.

Their younger son Mick, born on 22nd March of 1999, has followed his father’s steps and is a car racing driver.

And their eldest daughter Gina-Marie was born on 20th February of 1997.

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Michael Schumacher: Professional Career

Schumacher started his career at an early age.

Before settling for Formula One, he participated in different European and German competitions.

Also, he managed to gain the title of European and German Kart competition by 1987.

Before his debut in Formula One with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, he went through different racing events.

Nevertheless, Michael managed to show his ability to do fast laps at crucial moments and push his car to the very limit.

Similarly, in 1988, he competed in the German Formula Ford and Formula Konig series.

Moreover, he signed with Willi Weber in 1989 and is funded by him.

And the racer won the title of the German Formula 3 series in 1990. Also, he won the Macau Grand Prix in the same year.

Michael is credited for making Formula One popular in Germany and all over the Europe.

He worked with Jordan Ford Team, Ferrari, Benetton, Belgian Grand Prix, and the Mercedes throughout his career.

Michael Schumacher: Award and Achievements

The 7-time World Champion has the most titles(7), most fast laps(77), most race wins(91), most successive championship victories(5, 2000-2004), and most races won in a single season.

The overall awards and achievements throughout the career of Schumacher are as follows:

Year Achievements
1984 German junior go-kart champion
1987 European Kart Champion
1990 German Formula 3 champion, 1st; Macau Grand Prix
1991 F1 World Championship, 12th
1992 F1 World Championship, 3rd
1993 F1 World Championship, 4th
1994-95 F1 World Championship, 1st
1996 F1 World Championship, 3rd
1997 F1 World Championship got disqualified for 2nd
1998 F1 World Championship, 2nd
1999 F1 World Championship, 5th
2000-02 F1 World Championship, 1st

Controversies

The 7-time World Champion has gone through a lot of controversies throughout his career.

In 1994, Schumacher was accused by a large section of the public of deliberately causing the collision at the Australian Grand Prix.

Similarly, in 1994, in Traction Control System, he was accused of using illegal traction control software.

Likewise, the next controversy was for causing his right front wheel to hit the left side portion of Villeneuve on lap 48 at European Grand Prix (1997).

Also, when Hakkinen tried to pass Schumacher for the lead on the approach to Les Combes in Monaco Grand Prix, Schumacher blocked him from retaining the lead.

Moreover, he was accused of such an act, which led him to the next controversy in 2006.

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Michael Schumacher: Net Worth

Schumacher owns several ranches in Texas and Switzerland.

In addition to this, he is an ambassador of different organizations.

As of 2022, Michael Schumacher’s net worth is estimated to be $780 million.

The racer was also one of the highest-paid players of all time, with over $1 billion in career earnings.

Also, in 2018 his wife bought a property that spans over 160,000 square feet worth $40 million in Majorca, Spain.

Micahel Schumacher: Endorsements

Unfortunately, after a devastating ski accident in 2013, his family had to sell some of the belongings.

Despite this fact, he is currently sponsored by Deutsche Vermogensberatung, CS Ranch, and Mick Schumacher.

Michael Schumacher: Philanthropy

Schumacher has supported and been the ambassador of different organizations like UNESCO, childline, Most Serene Republic of San Marino, etc. 

He has also nearly donated over $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. 

Schumacher’s family runs The Keep Fighting Foundation, developing projects related to cultural, public health causes, and social.

2013 Skiing Accident 

While skiing to cross an unsecured off-piste area between Piste Chamois and Pistet Mauduit on 29 December 2013 with his son Mick, he fell and hit his head against the rock.

Moreover, the accident caused serious head injuries despite wearing a ski helmet.

Michael Schumacher on rescue after the devastating ski accident in 2013
Michael Schumacher on rescue after the devastating ski accident in 2013

He was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital, where he had to undergo two surgery.

Further, the racer regained his consciousness six months after the incident but was paralyzed in November 2014.

After years of medication and confinement in bed, his condition continued to improve.

Micahel Schumacher: Interesting Facts

Despite being a famous icon, he keeps his personal life private.

Schumacher has voiced the character Ferrari F430 in the Disney/Pixar film Cars.

Surprisingly, he got to hold his driving license while he was below the legal age.

Throughout his career racing cars, he has experienced two major crashes.

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Micahel Schumacher: Inspiring Quotes

“I know what I am and what I have to do in my profession so that I can handle the pressure; it’s the way I think.” 

“I just want to be known as a very normal person and be treated like that and be able to walk down the street like anyone else.”

Micahel Schumacher: Social Media

Micahel Schumacher is connected to most of social media.

His Instagram handle has over 896k followers. Also, he has around 1.5M followers on Facebook.

In addition to this, his Twitter account has over 176k followers.

Similarly, the racer also has an official website and a YouTube account.

FAQs

Is Micahel Schumacher still alive?

Yes, he is still alive. However, there is no actual information about his current health status.

Will Schumacher ever recover?

According to renowned Neurosurgeon Erich Riederer, Schumacher is unlikely to recover from his skiing accident in 2013. So, he is still in rehabilitation.

Can Schumacher talk?

No, he can’t speak! After the devastating accident while skiing, he is paralyzed. Moreover, the racer is in a wheelchair.

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