Niki Lauda’s illegitimate son to inherit part of F1 legend’s €500million fortune

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The motor racing world was grief-stricken when it was revealed that Lauda, 70, had died following kidney complications, last month.

Stars from the race track including Lewis Hamilton attended the funeral of the three-times World Champion in the Austrian capital Vienna as did Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

German magazine Bunte’s sources revealed details of Lauda’s £447.4 million will which will include a portion for his ex-wife and illegitimate child Christopher.

Lauda reportedly has his estate tied up in a private foundation with a will initially drawn up in 1997 in Vienna but which has since been modified.

His first wife Marlene Knaus, 70, and two children Lukas, 40, and Mathias, 38, were in the first will with lifelong friend Attila Dogudan added later.

A major change was made in 2014 with his second wife Birgit brought in and their twins, Mia and Max, both nine.

Birgit and his four children became the main benefactors but there was still a significant amount for his first wife and his illegitimate son Christoph.

Lauda remained on good terms with his first wife Marlene according to local media reports and even took turns sitting by him while he lay in his hospital bed in Zurich.

The inherited money cannot be passed on to third parties and when all heirs have died the remainder will go to the Museum of Art History in Vienna.

Directions have been given for it to be spent on new artwork.

Lauda is one of the biggest names in Formula One having become famous following a 1976 German Grand Prix crash where he suffered major burns and damaged his lungs.

He received kidney transplants in 1976 and 2005 as well as a lung transplant in Vienna last year.

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