Now that Bernie Ecclestone is free of a bribery charge after paying an unprecedented $100 million to a German court, he says he has decided to put the matter behind him so he be a living example of kindness and goodwill to all people. Just kidding! It's revenge. Cold-ass revenge is what he's gonna do next.
Ecclestone was on trial in Germany until earlier this month on charges that he bribed a businessman during to steer the sale of Formula One to a private equity firm he favored. The F1 mogul got the charge dismissed by paying $100 million to the court, because that's a thing you can do in Germany.
Now the UK's Independent reports Ecclestone has "vowed revenge" against his critics and those he believes put him in this place to begin with.
"Now I am in a position where I have got a little bit more time and I shall follow my old idea in life: 'Don't get mad, get even.' I haven't got mad but I'm going to get even," Mr Ecclestone said.
He said that high on his list is Dieter Hahn, a German businessman on the board of media rights company Constantin Medien. Last year it sued Mr Ecclestone in London for allegedly undervaluing Formula One by engineering the sale to CVC rather than a higher bidder. In February it lost its case, but it is appealing the decision.
Enemies beware: Bernie's back, baby.
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