Nigel Mansell: ‘I promised my wife I wouldn’t buy another helicopter’

Former British F1 Champion Nigel Mansell
Nigel Mansell rose to fame as a Formula 1 driver, before retiring in 1995 Credit:  Heathcliff O'Malley

Nigel Mansell CBE, 63, won 31 Formula One races during his career and became world champion in 1992.

After 15 years on the F1 circuit racing for Lotus, Ferrari, Williams and McLaren, he retired in 1995 and now spends his time on the amateur golf circuit and as president of the children’s charity UK Youth.

A father of three children, he lives in Jersey with his wife, Roseanne.

How did your childhood experience influence your attitude to money?

I didn’t have any interest in money growing up because I didn’t have any, but as you get older you realise that money makes the world go around and it becomes important.

I was an early-Fifties baby, so things were very difficult back then, but it made me appreciate everything. My father was an engineer at Lucas Aerospace and my mother was a housewife and we lived as good a life as we could have done.

How much was your first pay packet?

I was an apprentice...


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