F1 Bernie Ecclestone secretly marries Brazilian beauty 46 years younger than him
Ecclestone’s daughters stayed in LA for their father’s Swiss wedding
Billionaire will share his fortune with 35-year-old marketing director
Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has secretly married for a third time in a ceremony at his ski chalet in Switzerland.
In a service his own daughters failed to attend, the 81-year-old billionaire married Brazilian marketing director Fabiana Flosi, 35, at Le Lion, his £23million chalet in the exclusive resort of Gstaad.
The couple, who announced their engagement in April with Miss Flosi sporting a £100,000 ring, exchanged vows two weeks ago – while Mr Ecclestone’s two daughters remained 6,000 miles away in Los Angeles.
Wife No.3: Fabiana Flosi and Bernie Ecclestone were married at his Swiss ski chalet Le Lion while daugters are 6,000 miles away with mum in LA
Despite a 46-year age gap, Mr Ecclestone and Miss Flosi began dating in 2009 following the end of his 23-year marriage to Slavica. They met through their work on the Brazilian Grand Prix where Miss Flosi is F1’s vice-president of marketing.
But it seems the nuptials haven’t exactly been met with enthusiasm by the tycoon’s two daughters, model Tamara, 28, and fashion designer Petra, 24, who were both conspicuous by their absence.
Pointedly, Tamara – who has been staying with Petra at her £52million mansion in Los Angeles since splitting from boyfriend Omar Khyami a month ago – made no reference to her father’s wedding to her 86,147 followers on Twitter.
In a message posted days after the wedding took place, Tamara wrote: ‘Sorry I’ve been quiet recently, how are you all?’
In May, Tamara told The Mail on Sunday she had no plans to attend her father’s wedding out of loyalty to her mother, former Armani model Slavica.
But family sources said relations between Mr Ecclestone – the self-made son of a Suffolk trawlerman – and his daughters had been further strained by his decision to marry at Le Lion, the chalet where the Ecclestone family spend Christmas and where Tamara had previously hoped to marry.
Aiming high: Ecclestone, left, and his former wife Slavica pose prior to the 2005 FIA Awards gala
In an interview before splitting from her businessman boyfriend last month, Tamara said: ‘I’m thinking of getting married in Gstaad, where we spend every Christmas.’
Set in manicured grounds, the traditional four-storey chalet has been owned by the Ecclestones for more than 15 years and is one of the most prestigious properties in the area, boasting uninterrupted views over the Bernese Oberland.
Earlier this week, neighbours at the property, who include Italian fashion designer Valentino and film director Roman Polanski, said they knew nothing of the wedding at the chalet, which also boasts an indoor swimming pool and vast entertaining salon.
‘The Ecclestone family has been coming up here for years,’ said one. ‘Slavica absolutely loved the place, as do the girls.
‘They mainly came for skiing holidays, but also just to relax up in the mountains. People are used to seeing celebrities up here – everybody from Roger Moore to Tina Turner – and the Ecclestones just go about their business like everybody else.’
The wedding is the third trip down the aisle for the octogenarian, who vowed to ‘remain single for the rest of his life’ after being forced to hand over an estimated £1billion of his £2.4billion fortune to Slavica following their acrimonious divorce.
At the time Mr Ecclestone met Miss Flosi, she was living in Sao Paolo, Brazil, with paediatric doctor Fernando Nascimento.
He claimed his girlfriend left him for the 5ft3in billionaire after telling him she had taken a new job in London.
Life in the fast lane: F1 boss will now share his fortune after a 23-year marriage to Slavica
The couple’s low-key wedding comes a year after the previous Ecclestone nuptials, which took place in Rome last August, when Petra married in a £12million three-day ceremony which included live performances from the Black Eyed Peas and Eric Clapton.
Afterwards Mr Ecclestone branded the celebrations ‘absurd’ adding: ‘My younger daughter got married and I thought, as the father of the bride, I should pay for the wedding.
‘But when it was suggested how much they would be spending on drinks, I thought it was absurd.’
Last night a spokesman for Mr Ecclestone did not respond to calls.