Ronald "Ron" Dennis CBE
(born June 1, 1947) is the executive chairman
of McLaren Automotive
and McLaren Group
, and is also a significant shareholder in both companies. He was also the team principal of McLaren
, the group's Formula One
team, until 2009
Since 1981, Dennis had been the team principal of the McLaren Formula One team, and was instrumental in transforming the outfit into a regular world championship contender. Constructors' and drivers' world championships were won with Niki Lauda
, Alain Prost
, Ayrton Senna
, Mika Häkkinen
and Lewis Hamilton
. Dennis has a "tense" relationship with, and a reported dislike for, former FIA
president Max Mosley
In January 2007, Dennis sold half of his 30 per cent shareholding in the McLaren Group to the Bahraini Mumtalakat Holding Company - to leave him with a 15 per cent share. In 2009, Dennis, together with co-owners Mansour Ojjeh's TAG Group and the Bahraini Mumtalakat Holding Company, bought back Daimler AG's 40 per cent shareholding in a deal that will be concluded in 2011.
Ron Dennis was placed at number 648 in the Sunday Times Rich List 2006
with a net worth of £90 million, however The Times
put his wealth at £200 million in 2009.
Born and raised in Woking
, Dennis began working for the Cooper Formula One
team in 1966 at the age of 18 where he worked alongside lead driver Jochen...