8. Jean Todt | President FIA
|Position last year: 9|
|Bio: In charge of the rules of Formula 1.|
The lead individual responsible for the rules of the sport which has a profound effect on the future of Formula 1. In October, 2009 Jean Todt was elected president of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile following a decade and a half’s rule by Max Mosley.
Jean has enjoyed a famously successful motorsport career: under his direction, Peugeot won four World Rally Championship titles (drivers’ and manufacturers’), won the Paris-Dakar Rally four times, and twice won the Le Mans 24 Hours; during his time at Ferrari, the Scuderia won 14 Formula 1 World Championship titles (drivers’ and manufacturers’).
Educated in Paris, Todt began his career in motorsport when he navigated for a friend in his father’s Mini Cooper S. He oversaw World Rally Championship titles with Ari Vatanen in 1985 and 1986 with Peugeot Talbot Sport and later, still with Peugeot, won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1992 and 1993.
On 29 April 2015, Todt was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as his Special Envoy for Road Safety.