Toto Wolff in 2010
|Born||Torger Christian Wolff
12 January 1972
|Occupation||Executive director of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport|
Torger Christian "Toto" Wolff (born January 12, 1972 in Vienna, Austria) is an Austrian investor and racing driver who is currently an Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and a shareholder in Williams F1 of which he owns 16% in shares.
Wolff started his motorsport career in the Austrian Formula Ford Championship and the German Formula Ford Series. He won the 1994 24 Hours Nürburgring in a separate category and later competed in the FIA GT/GT1 series in Italy.
As an investor, Wolff founded Marchfifteen in 1998 and Marchsixteen Investments in 2004 which initially focused on Internet and Technology companies. He currently focuses on strategic investments in medium-sized industrial and listed companies which have included Williams F1, German HWA AG and BRR Rallye Racing.
Toto Wolff started his motorsports-career 1992 in the Austrian Formula Ford Championship. He was driving in Austrian and German Formula Ford during 1993 and 1994. 1994 he won the 24 Hours Nürburgring in his category. In 2002 Wolff finished sixth place at the FIA NGT world championship and won one race. In 2003 he won a race of the FIA GT/GT1 series in Italy. 2004 Toto Wolff was racing together with Karl Wendlinger at the FIA GT Championship series. Toto Wolff became Vice-Champion at the Austrian Rally Championship in 2006 and Winner of the 24-hours-race in Dubai. Wolff also served as an Instructor at the Walter Lechner Racing School.
citation needed] Investments include amongst other the German HWA AG, in which Wolff bought a 49% stake in 2006 and listed the company on the stock exchange in 2007. The company runs the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters race program for Mercedes Benz, develops F3 engines and the Gullwing Mercedes Benz SLS GT3 racing car. Wolff serves as deputy chairman of the board to Mr. Hans-Werner Aufrecht, founder of AMG. Other investments include BRR Rallye Racing, one of the largest rally parts dealers in Europe and winner of the 2008 Production World Rally Championship (PWRC) with then Red Bull Junior Andreas Aigner, and in 2011 winner of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (S-WRC) with driver Juho Hänninen. Wolff is co-owner of a sports management company with Mika Häkkinen and was involved in the management of upcoming racing drivers such as Bruno Spengler, Alexandre Premat and Valtteri Bottas.[
On Friday November 20, 2009, it was announced that Wolff had bought a share of the Williams Formula One Team and joined the board of directors of the team. He reportedly owns 16% of the shares and listed the company as the first F1 Team on the Frankfurt Stock exchange. After an eight year winless streak Wolff led Williams to a Grand Prix victory in Barcelona in 2012. In 2012 he was named Executive Director of WilliamsF1.
On Monday January 21, 2013, it was announced that Wolff had parted ways with WilliamsF1 to become an executive director of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, his business partner Rene Berger becoming non-executive director. In addition to joining the team, he also acquired 30% of Mercedes Grand Prix, the F1 team of Mercedes. Wolff is expected to take over the coordination of all Mercedes-Benz motorsport activities, a responsibility previously held by Norbert Haug. Wolff will remain a Williams shareholder, but will not have a role at the team. He started work at Mercedes on 28 January.
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