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September 29, 2020
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Financial Times: Ion Tiriac, richest former athlete alive

The prestigious ‘Financial Times’ has published a list of the richest former athletes alive. Romanian businessman Ion Tiriac, a former tennis player, tops the rankings.
Born in Transylvania and nicknamed “Count Dracula,” he was one of the top 10 tennis players of the world in the 1960s. He then backed Ilie Nastase and Boris Becker in 1970 and 1980, becoming the first tennis coach that offered “portfolio management” services to the players, FT journalists write. At the same time, he developed his own business during the time spent in Germany, earning no less than USD 100 M in just two years. With a fortune of over USD 1 bln, Ion Tiriac is the richest athlete alive, FT concludes.
Tiriac is followed by world boxing champion George Foreman, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and former Manchester United captain Francis Lee.
Ion Tiriac is not only the richest former athlete alive, but also the richest Romanian. According to this year’s edition of Top 300 Richest Romanians, a list compiled by ‘Capital’ magazine and published a few weeks ago, the businessman has an estimated fortune of EUR 1.5 bln.

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