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In its latest ranking, Forbes (via World Car Fans) lists the net value of Ferrari’s Formula One team at $1.1 billion, which puts it in 15th place between the Philadelphia Eagles ($1.16 billion) and the Chicago Bears ($1.09 billion).
To find another F1 team on the list, you need to go down to 40th place, where McLaren ($800 million) slots in between the Atlanta Falcons ($814 million) and the Minnesota Vikings ($796 million). We’d love to tell you what F1 team is the third most valuable, but no other teams make the Forbes list.
Next time that someone says F1 is a sport for elitists, feel free to point out the net worth of Premier League Football’s Manchester United ($2.23 billion), or Real Madrid ($1.88 billion). If you want to stick to American sports teams, none tops baseball’s New York Yankee’s ($1.85 billion) or football’s Dallas Cowboys (also $1.85 billion).
In retrospect, Ferrari’s value makes the 30 million euros ($36.8 million) it pays driver Fernando Alonso seem reasonable, while the 10 million euros ($12.3 million) it pays Felipe Massa seems like a bargain.