Bernie Ecclestone just had his 4th child, Ace, and first with his wife Fabiana Flosi. They have expressed delight at the news, confirming that the child is healthy.
With everyone expecting Mercedes, Ferrari, or Red Bull to cross the chequered flag this weekend, no one expected Bernie to spring in a surprise. But Bernie, being who he is, has done just that. He has become a father aged 89.
The former Formula One boss and his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, has given birth to a little boy named Ace.
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They had earlier confirmed in April that were indeed expecting a child this summer. Bernie confirmed the news to Blick, saying: ‘We have a son named Ace. I am so proud.’
His wife Fabiana confirmed she is safe and healthy too, like Ace. ‘It was all so easy. The birth was over after 25 minutes. I thank god.’
This is Bernie’s first son, after his three daughters – Deborah, Tamara, and Petra.
The eldest of the lot, Deborah, now 65, was born to Bernie’s first wife Ivy Bamford. He then went on to welcome Tamara, 35, and Petra, 31, with his second wife Slavica Radic.
‘Yes, it is due in the summer,’ Bernie had told Blick earlier this year. ‘Hopefully he’ll learn to play backgammon soon!’, he quipped.
Bernie and Fabiana married for 8 years
Bernie Ecclestone married Fabiana in 2012, after they met at the World Motor Sport Council. The latter is a marketing director, and regularly attended such meetings and engagements.
Fabian had recently spoken to The Daily Mail: ‘Like all parents, we have only one wish: the child must be born healthy. ‘Hopefully he will never express the intention to do something with Formula 1.’ This is clearly in reference to Bernie’s ouster as Boss of Formula One.
Bernie added, in only the way he can. ‘After my Formula 1 time, we’ve had plenty of time to practice!’
‘I’m very happy for my wife. She’s been looking forward to this happening for quite a few years, so I’m happy she’ll have someone after I’m gone. It’s fun, I’ve got grandchildren and I’m looking forward to having another baby.’
Bernie Ecclestone has quite a history in F1, apart from being its supremo. He had tried his hand in F1 in 1958, but unfortunately failed to qualify.
Bernie later purchased the Brabham team in 1972, which he went on to lead for 15 years. In 2017, he was removed as CEO of F1 Group, after a takeover by Liberty Media. He has since been the Chairman Emeritus of the sport.