Billionaire Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law, who is 20 years younger than he is, has been kidnapped in Brazil. Criminals in Brazil are reportedly asking Ecclestone for $36.5 million in exchange for the safe return of his mother-in-law. Aparecida Schunck, 67, was kidnapped in Brazil on the night of July 22 in the city of Sao Paulo. She's the mother of Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone's wife Fabiana Flosi. Ecclestone, 85, is thought to have a net worth of around $3.1 billion, mainly through his control of Formula 1's commercial rights throughout the world.
Ecclestone has known Flosi since 2009. He left his wife of 23 years, Slavia Radic, in 2008 and married Flosi in 2012. The billionaire has two daughters, Tamara and Petra Ecclestone, with Radic. The Daily Mail reports that Flosi and Ecclestone first met while she was working in marketing for the Brazilian Grand Prix. On her Facebook page, Flosi says that she is no longer employed by Formula 1. She lives in London with Ecclestone and is a native of Sao Paulo. Flosi now runs a coffee company known as Celebrity Coffee.
Veja in Brazil reports that the ransom being asked for by Schunck's kidnappers is the largest in Brazilian history. There has been no official statement from Ecclestone on the kidnapping reports. Veja also reports that the kidnappers have asked for the ransom in United Kingdom sterling and divided into four bags.
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