Former F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone to become father at 89

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Billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, 89, and his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, are expecting a baby.

Ecclestone’s fourth child will be born this summer, the former Formula 1 chief said on Friday to the British press agency PA Media.

The newcomer will be the billionaire’s first son and first child with Flosi, joining daughters Tamara, Petra and Deborah from Ecclestone’s previous marriages.

“Tamara is absolutely delighted for the two of them,” a spokesperson for Ecclestone’s second daughter, told CNN.

Ecclestone turns 90 in October, but says his age isn’t a problem.

“I don’t see a difference between being 89 and 29,” Ecclestone told PA.

“You have the same problems, I guess. It’s okay. “

Ecclestone, speaking of the couple’s farm in Flosi’s native Brazil, said it was too early to speak of the baby’s names.

Ecclestone and Flosi were married in 2012, and in 2016, Flosi’s mother was kidnapped for ransom in Brazil.

Aparecida Schunck Flosi Palmeira was released a week after her abduction.

Ecclestone raced Formula 1 for 40 years before being ousted in 2017.

He is known for overseeing the transformation of the sport from an amateur operation in the 1970s to an $ 8 billion business officially acquired by new American owner Liberty Media in 2017.

Ecclestone has a colorful history. The son of a fisherman, he left school at the age of 16 and supplemented his income by selling spare parts for motorcycles.

He then got involved in F1 and became a billionaire powerbroker in the sport.

Ecclestone joins an illustrious list of celebrities who fathered children later in life.

Charlie Chaplin was 73 when he and his wife Oona O’Neil welcomed their son Christopher to the world, while media mogul Rupert Murdoch was 72 when he had his daughter Chloé with his wife at the time, Wendi Deng , in 2003.

Oscar winner Robert De Niro was 68 when he and Grace Hightower had their daughter Helen Grace, and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was 65 when his son Cooper was born to his wife Kimberley Conrad.

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