Eddie Jordan. Source: The Times

Eddie Jordan, OBE, often known as EJ, is an Irish businessman, media personality, and former owner of a motorsports team.

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Early life

Edmund Patrick Jordan, the son of Eileen and Paddy Jordan, was born on March 30, 1948, at the Wentworth Nursing Home in Dublin. Helen, his older sibling, is his only sibling. His father was the twin brother of a senior nun, Mother Rectoress of the Irish Sisters of Charity, and worked for the energy board as an accountant.

Jordan had a kind of pink disease when he was 10 months old, and physicians urged his family to relocate from Dublin to Bray for “fresh air” His mother, Eileen, was instructed to “take him out of woollens and into cotton during May” which she originally disagreed with. Nonetheless, she relented, and Jordan’s condition steadily improved.

Jordan started his schooling at Saint Anne’s Pre-School in Milltown and later spent eleven years at the Synge Street Christian Brothers School, where he and his classmates were often thrashed if they did not study well. Despite this, Jordan thought the level of schooling was high. Jordan briefly pondered becoming a priest when he was 15 years old and living on Synge Street.

After rejecting the clergy and familial demands to enter dentistry, he enrolled in a six-week accountancy course at the College of Commerce in Dublin and began working as a clerk for the Bank of Ireland in Mullingar. Jordan relocated to the Camden Street location in Dublin after four years.

Career

Motor racing

Jordan got a kart and began racing when he returned to Dublin. In 1971, he competed in and won the Irish Kart Championship.

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Jordan advanced to Formula Ford in 1974, the Irish Formula Ford Championship in 1975, and Formula Three in 1976, but was forced to miss the 1976 season after injuring his left leg in a crash at Mallory Park.

He turned to Formula Atlantic after his injuries recovered, winning three races in 1977 and the Irish Formula Atlantic Championship in 1978. Jordan and Stefan Johansson raced in British Formula Three as “Team Ireland” in 1979, and Jordan also participated in one Formula Two race and did some testing for McLaren that year.

Team management

Jordan created his first team, Eddie Jordan Racing, at the end of 1979, when he was out of money, and fielded drivers David Leslie and David Sears at various events in and around the United Kingdom in 1981.

In 1982, James Weaver was his primary driver; in 1983, Weaver returned to European F3, and Jordan hired Martin Brundle, who placed second to Ayrton Senna in British F3. The team hired Johnny Herbert in 1987, and he went on to win the British Formula Three Championship.

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Jordan also entered a Formula 3000 team, which won its maiden race in 1988 with drivers Herbert and Martin Donnelly. The Jordan F3000 team dominated the season in 1989, with Jordan driver Jean Alesi winning the championship. In 1989, hired Reynard Chief Designer Gary Anderson, who became Donnelly’s engineer and oversaw team operations until joining full-time on February 4, 1990.

Mentor

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Jordan is responsible for the breaks of a slew of drivers. World champions Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, and Ayrton Senna have all driven for him, as have Jean Alesi, Rubens Barichello, Thierry Boutsen, Giancarlo Fisichella, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine, Roberto Moreno, Ralf Schumacher, Jarno Trulli, Martin Brundle, and John Watson.

Formula One

Jordan established Jordan Grand Prix in 1991, with Anderson serving as Chief Designer. The club immediately acquired respect and outperformed its peers on several occasions during the season. In the team’s inaugural season, Jordan handed Michael Schumacher his Formula One debut. Schumacher has tempted away from the team after only one race for rivals Benetton.

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The team’s best-ever result came in 1998 when Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher finished first and second in the Belgian Grand Prix. Jordan reached their F1 pinnacle in 1999, when Heinz-Harald Frentzen emerged as a genuine contender for the championship, eventually finishing third, the best place ever for a Jordan driver, and winning two races along the way.

He was leading the European Grand Prix until he was forced to withdraw due to electrical issues. Frentzen would have been within a point of the championship lead with two rounds remaining if he had won the race.

Media career

Jordan returned to Formula One in 2009 as a pundit for BBC Sport’s F1 coverage with Jake Humphrey (who was later replaced by Suzi Perry) and David Coulthard.

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Jordan authored a monthly piece for F1 Racing magazine called “This Much I Know” until they relaunched with Murray Walker writing instead. Jordan also worked on the TV show Eddie Jordan’s Bad Boy Racers. In 2007, he was named Chairman of Rally Ireland, a World Rally Championship circuit.

Jordan leaked news before they were supposed to be confirmed, including Lewis Hamilton‘s switch to Mercedes, Michael Schumacher’s return in 2010, and Felipe Massa’s departure from Ferrari.

On February 11, 2016, it was revealed that he would be one of the new Top Gear presenters.

He was named Channel 4’s principal analyst for C4F1 in March 2016.

Personal life

He is married to Marie (née McCarthy), a former basketball player from Ireland. The pair has four children, Zoe, Miki, Zak, and Kyle, and has been married since 1979. Jordan has houses in Wentworth, South Kensington, London, and Monaco, where he keeps his yacht, and his main base is in Ireland, where he keeps his own helicopter.

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In 2000, he was the subject of This Is Your Life, where he was shocked by Michael Aspel.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеEdmund Patrick Jordan
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеEddie Jordan
Віrth РlасеDublin, Ireland
Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау30 March 1948
Аgе/Ноw Оld73 уеаrѕ оld
Неіght/Ноw Таll1.65 m
Wеіght75kg
Раrеntѕ NаmеFаthеr –Eileen Jordan
Моthеr –Paddy Jordan
ЅіblіngѕHelen McCarthy
NаtіоnаlіtуIrish
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕMarried
GіrlfrіеndMarie Jordan (m. 1983)
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеZoe Jordan, Kyle Jordan, Miki Jordan, Zak Jordan
Рrоfеѕѕіоnbusinessman, television personality and
former motorsport team owner
Nеt Wоrth$600 Million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdЈuly 2021

Honours

Jordan has received two honorary doctorates in Ireland, from the University of Ulster and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

To recognise his contribution to motorsport in Ireland, he got the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin, one of Ireland’s major student groups.

He also got the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity College, Dublin’s University Philosophical Society in recognition of his contributions to motor racing and humanitarian activities throughout the years.

Jordan, despite being Irish, is a member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club due to a grandfather rule that states that anyone born in Ireland before 1950 is eligible for membership.

Jordan was awarded an honorary OBE in March 2012 for his contributions to charity and motor racing.

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