3. Dr Dieter Zetsche | Chairman, Daimler AG
|Position last year: 4|
|Bio: Owner of Mercedes F1, has a big influence on the German GP.|
The boss of Daimler, owner of the champion- ship-winning team Mercedes AMG Petronas. A big influencer in the German Grand Prix! He is credited with instigating a great sea of change in the fortunes of DaimlerChrysler and masterminding the de-merger of the two companies in 2007, becoming Chair- man of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The company’s importance to the continuation of Formula 1, as an engine supplier and manufacturer, cannot be underestimated, and as it stands, Dr. Dieter Zetsche appears happy to continue with Mercedes’ involvement in the sport.
Dieter Zetsche attended school in Oberursel (near Frankfurt am Main) and studied electrical engineering from 1971 to 1976 at the University of Karlsruhe; he graduated as an engineer. He completed his doctorate in engineering in 1982 at the University of Paderborn.
He was named in Time Magazine’s 2006 list of 100 most influential people.
On the invitation of the Green Party’s leadership, Zetsche was invited to address the 2016 party conference.