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Bernie Ecclestone: 'Puppet master' no longer holds F1's strings

Updated 1406 GMT (2206 HKT) January 25, 2017
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It's officially the end of an era ... Bernie Ecclestone is no longer boss of Formula One, though he has been given the honorary title of "chairman emeritus." Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
His stranglehold over F1, which has been transformed under his watch, had dated back some four decades. Ecclestone is pictured far right in 1978. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Along with Max Mosley (center), Ecclestone took control of F1 and made it a global entity. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Ecclestone talks to Mosley at the Australian Grand Prix. Michael Cooper/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
His personal wealth is estimated at more than $2.5 billion, though some people say he could be worth double that. Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images,
Ecclestone enjoyed a good relationship with the majority of drivers on the grid, among them 2016 F1 champion Nico Rosberg. Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images,
Ecclestone signs a deal with Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs, which saw Abu Dhabi become a Formula One Championship host in 2009. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Ecclestone gets a taste of Michael Schumacher's 100-race anniversary cake. COR/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The former used car salesman rubs shoulders with some of the world's most powerful men, among them Russian leader Vladimir Putin (right). Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
There were whispers his time could be up under previous owner CVC, but its chief executive Donald MacKenzie (center) initially kept the octogenarian on board despite F1's recent problems. Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Ecclestone is married to his second wife Fabiana. Paul Gilham/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
A keen family man, Ecclestone has two daughters from his second marriage to former model Slavica Radic. Here he travels on a snowmobile with the eldest, Tamara. Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
Ecclestone was married to Slavica for 23 years. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
He faces the camera with her at the Australian Grand Prix in 2007. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Ecclestone's control of F1 is now over. At the 2016 Italian Grand Prix, people from across the paddock lined up outside his motorhome -- known as "The Kremlin" -- for an audience with F1's puppet master. Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images