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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.

Quick Facts

Birth date: August 29, 1947
Birth place: Belmont, Sutton, United Kingdom
Death date: June 15, 1993, Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom
Height:1.85 m
Profession:Racing driver
Education:Wellington College, Berkshire
Nationality:British
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
Movies:The Plank, The Boot Street Band, Grand Prix
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Played by Chris Hemsworth in Rush (2013).
2Was educated at Wellington College.
3Before becoming a racing driver, he training to be a doctor.
4Was 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.
5Was 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.
6Formula 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.
7He was nick-named "Hunt the Shunt".


Quotes

#Quote
1Speaking 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!"


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Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. H Is Late1988TV ShortTrucker
Kenny Everett's Christmas Carol1985TV MovieFootman
Three of a Kind1983TV Series
The Plank1979TV ShortOne-Eyed Truck Driver
The Morecambe & Wise Show1977TV SeriesChauffeur

Transportation Department

Transportation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bobby Deerfield1977driver: Formula 1 car

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
33 Days2014DocumentaryHimself
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes1993TV SpecialHimself
Grand Prix1981-1986TV SeriesHimself
The Kenny Everett Television Show1982TV SeriesHimself
The Big Time1980TV Series documentaryHimself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1979TV SeriesHimself
Big Night1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Speed Fever1978DocumentaryHimself
Saturday Night at the Mill1978TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1978TV Series documentaryHimself
Superstars1976TV SeriesHimself - Competitor
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Race Car Driver
One by One1974DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cars That Made Britain Great2016TV SeriesHimself
The Last Teammate2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
12013DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Rush2013/IHimself (uncredited)
Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Murray Walker: Life in the Fast Lane2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - 1977 F1 World Champion
Great Grand Prix Racing Heroes2010TV Series documentaryHimself
When Playboys Ruled the World2010DocumentaryHimself
A Good Turn Daily1983ShortHimself (uncredited)

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