From refugee to F1, via McDonald’s

From refugee to F1, via McDonald’s

Michael Latifi had a solid connection to the higher echelons of motorsport and has supported his son Nicholas to the fringes of Formula 1. But now, as a principal McLaren shareholder, he has become one of the championship's major players

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.

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