Bernie Ecclestone may be the most powerful man in motorsports, and he may be rich enough to attract a girlfriend some 40 years his junior, but his situational awareness skills need some serious work. Returning from a dinner last week, Ecclestone and girlfriend Fabiana Flosi were rushed by a group of attackers in London’s Knightsbridge neighborhood. The attackers beat the 80 year old Ecclestone unconscious, and stole watches, wallets and jewelry from Ecclestone and Flosi. Despite earlier media reports that the muggers made off with some $300,000 worth of cash and jewelry, Ecclestone himself commented to the UK Express, “…that is bullshit. They won’t be going far on what they took off of us.”
Despite another mugging in 1995, also in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood, Ecclestone rarely travels with bodyguards and relies on the police for protection (which is a really, really bad idea, especially in a city like London). Even though his personal fortune can be measured in the billions of dollars, Ecclestone claims he doesn’t feel like a target. That may be, but it’s still a good idea to be aware of your surroundings at all times. When you’re a billionaire, and one of the highest profile celebrities in the world, it’s also a good idea to invest in some well trained bodyguards. An ass-kicking is one thing, but what’s preventing a much more lucrative kidnapping attempt the next time?