He first earned a wage flipping burgers in McDonald's, and now he owns a slice of the McLaren Group - Michael Latifi has had a remarkable journey.
He left his native Iran for Canada as a teenager and built up a hugely successful food business, tapping into his wealth to support the racing career of son Nicholas. In May, it was announced that the 55-year-old had pumped £203.8million into McLaren, joining Mansour Ojjeh and the Bahraini royal family as a principal shareholder.
Racing dads don't always attract great repute, especially if their wealth has helped to propel their sons through the ranks. These days there's no shortage of drivers who have come from privileged backgrounds - it's a sign of the times, and reflects how much it costs to bring a youngster through karting and even to just the fringes of Formula 1.