Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed he will be a father again at 89 – saying it would make no ‘difference’ if he was 29.
The former Formula 1 chief’s fourth child will be his first with wife Fabiana Flosi.
The baby, his first boy, is due in the summer.
‘I don’t see there’s any difference between being 89 and 29,’ Ecclestone said. ‘You’ve got the same problems I suppose. It’s alright,’ the tycoon, who turns 90 in October, added.
Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has revealed his delight at becoming a father for the fourth time at the age of 89, with his 44-year-old wife Fabiana Flosi (couple pictured together)
Asked if the couple were excited, he said: ‘Yes of course, obviously!’
The pair, who tied the knot in 2012, are at their farm in Brazil, where Flosi is from.
Ecclestone said: ‘We’re fine… We’re in Brazil at the moment so we have to wait a little while and see whether this little one is going to happen in Brazil or in England.’
The billionaire has three grown-up daughters, Deborah, Tamara, and Petra, as well as grandchildren, from two previous marriages.
‘Everybody is very pleased. They’re all happy,’ he said of the family’s response.
Asked what kind of father he was going to be, he said: ‘We don’t know, probably better than before, probably a bit more relaxed!’
And Ecclestone added: ‘It’s too early for names.’
Now he’s no longer so busy with Formula 1 and the world of motorsport, he’s had more time to get used to the idea of having a baby in his life one more time.
Last night he told the Daily Mail: ‘There’s nothing that unusual is there? I haven’t had a job for a little while so I have had plenty of time to practise!’
‘Yes, she (his wife) is thrilled,’ he said. ‘We’re not sure what all the fuss is about!
‘I’m very happy and happy really 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 don’t see any dramas, I’ve got grandchildren and I’m looking forward to having another baby.’ The tycoon celebrates his 90th birthday in October.
The businessman, who is currently at his farm near Sao Paul, Brazil, amid the coronavirus crisis, confirmed he and his 44-year-old wife are expecting a child to German TV channel Blick yesterday.
He said: ‘Yes, it is due in the summer. Hopefully he’ll learn to play backgammon soon!’
His eldest, Deborah, 65, was born to his first wife Ivy Bamford before he welcomed socialites Tamara, 35, and Petra, 31, with his second wife Slavica Radic.
The expectant parents met through the World Motor Sport Council, where she regularly attended meetings.
The billionaire businessman, who is currently at his farm near Sao Paul, Brazil amid the coronavirus crisis will welcome his first son in July
The new addition, who will be born not long before Mr Ecclestone’s 90th birthday in October, will be his fourth child after his three daughters
They knew each other professionally for a few years before a mutual friend invited Ms Flosi on a cruise around Croatia with Mr Ecclestone in 2009.
Ms Flosi said: ‘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.’
When the child is born Mr Ecclestone could be ranked among the 10 oldest known fathers of all time.
American James Smith is thought to be the oldest recorded father, with his 38-year-old wife Anna giving birth to twins in 1949 when he claimed to be 101 years old.
Pictured: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Bernie Ecclestone and guests as he attend the London’s Air Ambulance Charity gala at Rosewood London in 2019
Fertility in men drops significantly with age so the chances of a man who is almost 90 being able to be a father are low.
Some household names have also had children well into old age – though not quite reaching 89.
Charlie Chaplin had a child aged 73 while Mick Jagger fathered his eighth child in 2016 with his 29-year-old girlfriend, when he was also 73.
He went on to speak about the current coronavirus pandemic, and said he ‘just wants everything to be good with Fabiana’ should the isolation go on longer.
‘Fortunately the farm never runs out of work,’ he added. ‘Fabiana also looks after her own coffee plantation.’
Mr Ecclestone – dubbed ‘F1 Supremo’ – is a former chief executive of the Formula 1 Group, which manages Formula 1 and part-owns Delta Topco.
Mr Ecclestone – dubbed ‘F1 Supremo’ – is a former chief executive of the Formula 1 Group, which manages Formula 1 and part-owns Delta Topco
He amassed an estimated fortune of £2.5billion throughout his time working for Formula 1.
The eccentric mogul entered two Grand Prix races as a driver himself in 1958, but failed to qualify for either of them.
The former F1 boss later became the manager of drivers Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt before he purchased the Brabham team in 1972, which he went on to lead for 15 years.
Pictured: Mr Ecclestone with his second wife Slavica (left) and daughters Petra and Tamara (right)
He met Croatian model Slavica Radic in September 1982 in the pits at Italy’s Monza race circuit
He married his first wife, Ivy Bamford, when he was 21 in 1952. The pair had one daughter, Deborah, before they divorced in the 1960s.
Mr Ecclestone then had a 17-year relationship with Singapore-born Tuana Tan, before he met Croatian model Slavica Radic in September 1982 in the pits at Italy’s Monza race circuit.
The pair, who had a 28-year age gap upon meeting, married in 1985 and later welcomed daughters Tamara and Petra – both of whom have had careers in fashion.
The pair, who had a 28-year age gap upon meeting, married in 1985 and later welcomed daughters Tamara and Petra (pictured) – both of whom have had careers in fashion
Tamara, a mother-of-one, has also appeared on a series of reality television shows in the UK
Tamara, a mother-of-one, has also appeared on a series of reality television shows in the UK.
She starred in her own show, Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$$ Girl, on Channel 5 in 2011 and on ITVBE’s Tamara’s World in 2017.
Mr Ecclestone and Ms Radic divorced in 2009 and he married his current wife, who is 45 years his junior, three years later.