Jimmy Spithill Salary: For pocket cash, he drove tinni for Colin Beashel, a yacht builder who crewed in the triumphant American Cup campaign of 1983 on Australia II. Spithill’s neighbors and his heroes were Beashel and fellow crew member Rob Brown. When young James announced that he too would be a professional sailor, he was urged to think more practically about something like being a plumber or an electrician. Speaker and skipper of the BMW Oracle Racing 90 team in 2010 and again for Oracle Team USA in 2013 Spithill, 39, is the youngest athlete ever to be won the American Cup.
His friends are with Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle Corporation in the United States, and with Patrizio Bertelli, Prada’s chief executive officers and owner of his new team, Luna Rossa. His Bermuda villa, five bedrooms, is on the market for U$8.5 million, redundant since the unsuccessful Oracle Team USA defense.
Besides Spithill’s revenues as one of the most popular helmets in the world – America’s Cup wages are secrets closely guarded – his repeated appearance on the Young Rich List Financial Review is a part of this portfolio. In 2018, it ranked 80th, with a $31 million net fortune.