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Top 10 events that define Bernie Ecclestone's F1 legacy

Read Sport Logo By Ben Issatt of Read Sport | Slide 1 of 11: Formula One is a global sporting behemoth and its rise can be attributed to one man, Bernie Ecclestone.The ‘supremo’ of the sport for almost 40 years, Ecclestone took a simple international racing series and made it into his own global business empire.Overnight, that global business empire found new ownership as American company Liberty Media Corporation agreed an $8 billion deal, which will be completed in two parts.The Liberty Media takeover brings to an end CVC Capital’s tenure as majority shareholders, a position they have held since late 2005.The deal also comes with significant financial gain for Ecclestone as he is set to earn over $400m in windfall thanks to his own 5% share.Speculation had been circling, however, over what it meant for the future of Ecclestone in his role of CEO. But that was ended on Wednesday when it was revealed the 85-year-old would stay on for another three years to help with the transition.When the Briton does eventually leave his position it will take F1 into a new era, one that many have known was coming but few really know how it will look.In this slideshow lets look back at the top 10 events that define ‘Mr. E’s’ F1 legacy.

Top 10 events that define Bernie Ecclestone's F1 legacy

Formula One is a global sporting behemoth and its rise can be attributed to one man, Bernie Ecclestone. The ‘supremo’ of the sport for almost 40 years, Ecclestone took a simple international racing series and made it into his own global business empire. Overnight, that global business empire found new ownership as American company Liberty Media Corporation agreed an $8 billion deal, which will be completed in two parts. The Liberty Media takeover brings to an end CVC Capital’s tenure as majority shareholders, a position they have held since late 2005. The deal also comes with significant financial gain for Ecclestone as he is set to earn over $400m in windfall thanks to his own 5% share. Speculation had been circling, however, over what it meant for the future of Ecclestone in his role of CEO. However it was ended yesterday when it was announced Ecclestone had been replaced by Chase Carey as CEO of Formula One. Here we look back at the top 10 events that define ‘Mr. E’s’ F1 legacy.

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