South African former auto racing driver, Jody Scheckter has a net worth of $90 million as of May 2012, as stated by the Sunday Times UK Rich List. He’s best known as the driver who gave Ferrari their last F1 tournament victory before Michael Schumacher came up trumps in 2000. It was after his F1 career was over that he really made his bundle. Aged 30, Scheckter went into race promotion before heading to America, where he launched Firearms Training Systems, which provided hardware for weapons training simulators for authorities and military uses. Scheckter sold the business in the late 1990s, picking up about 100 million. He’s now an organic farmer in Hampshire, having created a brilliant operation at Laverstoke Park, where he’s planted 130,000 trees, eight miles of hedgerow and a bespoke “mixed salad” of 31 distinct grasses for his flocks to feed on. Within two years he plans to be self-sustaining in fossil fuel-free energy. This is a expensive business, but it is now making money, with Laverstoke Park turning in a 77,000 gain on 2.2m sales in 2010-11.
Jody David Scheckter (born 29 January 1950) is a South African former auto racing driver, the 1979 Formula One World Drivers’ Champion.
He quickly ascended to the ranks of Formula One after moving to Britain in 1970. His Formula 1 debut occurred at Watkins Glen in 1972 with McLaren where he ran as high as third place before spinning and finishing ninth. Instantaneously learning to be a name to observe, he continued his development the next year, winning the 1973 SCCA L&M Championship and racing five times in F1. In his next start, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Scheckter was involved with a large accident which took almost a dozen cars from the race. The Grand Prix Drivers Association demanded his immediate banishment, which was just put off when McLaren agreed to rest their driver for four races. Scheckter’s McLaren M23 bore the number zero during the Canadian and American Grands Prix of 1973. Scheckter is one of just two F1 drivers to compete under this particular amount, the other being Damon Hill. Throughout the practice for the American event at the Watkins Glen circuit, Frenchman Franois Cevert, who was to be Scheckter’s Tyrrell teammate for 1974 was killed in a tragic accident at the rapid uphill Esses corners. Scheckter was behind Cevert when he crashed, and Scheckter stopped his McLaren, got out of his car and tried to get Cevert out of his ruined Tyrrell; but the 29-year-old Frenchman had been cut in half by the racetrack’s poorly installed Armco barriers and was already dead. This left an indelible mark on the South African, plus it induced him to abandon his dangerous manners, and he become more mature as a result of seeing Cevert’s harmful injury.