Lewis Hamilton has become one of the best and most successful sportsmen that the UK has ever produced and an outstanding Formula 1 career has given him quite the celebrity status to match.

Hamilton made a name for himself when he broke onto the F1 scene in 2007 with McClaren and has since broken a number of records in his professional career, all while becoming the most decorated driver in F1 history.

In Formula One, Hamilton holds the records for the most wins (102), pole positions (102), and podium finishes (180) and has won a joint-record seven World Drivers' Championship titles.

The 36-year-old raced for McClaren up until 2013, when he signed for the Mercedes F1 team, and, since signing a deal in 2015, that has since seen him become one of the richest sportsmen in the world. He has developed a total estimated net worth of around £280 million.

Lewis Hamilton is Britain's richest sports star. (

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Winning his first Grand Prix in Canada in 2007 paved the way for a hugely successful career for Hamilton, both on and off the track, as he now stands as the highest earning F1 driver in the history of the sport.

His career earnings to date total up to a whopping $400m (£300m) over the 14 seasons he has spent racing with McClaren and Mercedes, with it being led to believe that he is the richest British sportsperson ever.

Hamilton initially signed his first contract with Mercedes in 2013 but his new contract awarded to him in 2015, to stay until the end of the 2018 season, is where he really began to make more money than he ever had before.

The new deal was reportedly worth more than £100 million over the course of three years, while in that same year he was named as the richest British sportsperson, with an estimated net worth of £88 million.

By the time 2018 rolled around, that net worth had almost doubled to £159m, after signing an extended two year deal with Mercedes that would see Hamilton earn £40m a year and officially making him the best paid F1 driver.

In 2020, Hamilton was named as the wealthiest British sports star in history in the Sunday Times Rich List after his fortune was an estimated £224 million.

Bonuses that have been included with his deals over the year have also made a significant impact to his career earnings and total net worth, with up to £5m coming from add-ons.

The F1 driver has endorsements with clothing brand Tommy Hilfiger. (

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Away from his career, it is also estimated that Hamilton earns an extra £8m a year through endorsements with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Gran Turismo Sport, Bell Helmets, MV Augusta Motorcycles, Monster Energy, Pune, IWC, Sony, Bose and Petronas.

The racing star resides in Monaco and also has three other properties in New York and London, worth a combined $67m, as well as Geneva.

A passion for cars and fashion take up some of his spare time, in which he invests heavily in.

The highest paid British sport star says it all, so Hamilton should be fine to get by even after he retires from F1 racing for the rest of his life.

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