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Volume 10 No. 24

People and Pop Culture

F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE, 82, "tops the sport’s Rich List" with a £6.2B ($9.3B) fortune -- ahead of Red Bull Team Owner DIETRICH MATESCHITZ, according to THE SUN. Even EPL Queens Park Rangers and Caterham Owner TONY FERNANDES "only sneaks into the top 10 in the sport of the mega-wealthy" (THE SUN, 3/16).

  • Ecclestone: Worth £6.15B. British. Aged 82. F1 Group CEO.
  • Mateschitz: Worth £4.755B ($7.2B). Austrian. Aged 68. Owner Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso.
  • JOHN PAUL DEJORIA: Worth £2.68B ($4B). American. Aged 68. Co-owns Circuit of the Americas.
  • ONG BENG SENG: Worth £1.07B ($1.6B). Malaysian. Aged 68. Singapore GP promoter.
  • MANSOUR OJJEH: Worth £940M ($1.4B). French/Saudi Arabian. Aged 60. Owner of McLaren.

Brasileiro club Flamengo has sacked coach DORIVAL JUNIOR "after he refused to accept a wage cut." In a statement, the club said, "After two months of negotiations aimed at reforming the terms of the contract signed last year, Flamengo and coach Dorival Junior did not reach an agreement which was satisfactory to both parties, despite progressing in the talks" (SUNDAY TIMES, 3/17). ... The Malaysian Gymnastics Federation named A. RAZAK MAT AMIN president, replacing DATUK DR. ZAKARIA AHMAD. Former gymnast KAU GIT KAUR was named deputy president "while the three vice president posts were won by," DATUK TAN GIN SOON, AZMI HASSAN and PETRINA LOW LAI HUN (THE STAR, 3/17).

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Adidas unveiled the "Messi Gallery," a new pop-up exhibition in Barcelona dedicated to footballer LIONEL MESSI. The gallery features "a host of iconic memorabilia and exhibits" representing Messi’s entire career, including his four successive FIFA Ballon d’Or trophies from 2009 to 2012 (GULF TIMES, 3/16). ... Paris St. Germain Sporting Dir LEONARDO asked his TV presenter partner ANNA BILLÓ "to marry him live on air" after Friday's Champions League quarterfinal draw (GUARDIAN, 3/15). ... Real Madrid's CRISTIANO RONALDO has been "named the ambassador for the Bali-based Forum Peduli Mangrove or Mangrove Care Forum" (JAKARTA POST, 3/17). ... AEK Athens midfielder GIORGOS KATIDIS was "handed a life ban from all national teams" by Greece's football federation EPO on Sunday after he "appeared to give a Nazi salute to supporters during a match." Katidis denied he gave a Nazi salute. Katidis: "I am not a fascist and would not have done it if I had known what it meant." He said that he was simply "pointing at MICHALIS PAVLIS in the stands to dedicate the goal to his teammate as he continues to fight health problems" (REUTERS, 3/17). ... Tennis player VICTORIA AZARENKA's boyfriend, American musician and rapper REDFOO, has "entered the U.S. Open national playoffs in a bid to earn a spot" in the final Grand Slam of the year. Redfoo will play under his given name of STEFAN GORDY. He has entered the Northern California sectional qualifying tournament in Salinas from June 18-23 (REUTERS, 3/15). ... DAVID BECKHAM will "begin his role as ambassador for the Chinese Super League next week. Beckham will visit three cities in five days (AFP, 3/16). ... Asian Games medal winner HAFEZ HASSANI died at age of 65 on Friday. The super heavyweight weightlifter won the three medals in the 1974 Asian Games held in Tehran (TEHRAN TIMES, 3/16).

RACING NAMES: Former F1 and current German Touring Car Championship (DTM) driver RALF SCHUMACHER "has retired from DTM racing." The Mercedes DTM team "will replace" Schumacher with 18-year-old PASCAL WEHRLEIN (KURIER, 3/16). ... LUCIANO BACHETA will race in the AutoGP World Series in '13 after having joined Zele Racing. Bacheta earned himself a test drive with Williams F1 to gain more racing experience for a future in F1 (Zele).

Swiss skier LARA GUT: "Back on the Podium in GS 😃✌ Grazie a tutti per avermi sostenuto e seguito tutti questi mesi! Summer: here I come ;)" ... ("Back on the Podium in GS 😃✌ Thank you all for supporting me all those months! Summer: here I come ;)")

Lotus F1 Team: "If you want to win, hire a Finn... Here's our Race Report from Melbourne 2013 --> #Kimi #F1 #LotusF1Team"

Payne Sports Media Strategies’ MICHAEL PAYNE: "#Madrid2020 Olympics work their magic once again. Amazing all the strikes folded as IOC hit town-support for the ideal or good negotiations?"

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