Ion Tiriac

Ion Tiriac is a former tennis player, former ice hockey player and Romanian entrepreneur. As a businessman at the head of Tiriac Holdings, he was the first Romanian to enter the Forbes list of billionaires in 2007: his fortune is calculated in 2020 at 1.2 billion dollars.

Tiriac's first appearance on the international sports scene was not as a tennis player but as an ice hockey player with the Romanian national team at the 1964 Winter Olympics; immediately after this experience, however, Ţiriac devoted himself to tennis which would become his sport definitively. With compatriot and friend Ilie Năstase he won the men's doubles at the 1970 French Open and was a multiple Davis Cup finalist in the 1970s.

In 1983 he became tennis manager and in particular followed Boris Becker from 1984 to 1993. In 1998 he became president of the Romanian National Olympic Committee. Finally, Ţiriac had the license of the BCR Open Romania tournament until 1996. In the tenth tournament in September 2005, the prize money was €302,000: the winner, Florent Serra, won €44,100.

The site of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Romania, of which he is a founding member, presents him as divorced with two children, but in reality the situation is more complex: in an interview with the newspaper Jurnalul National, Tiriac announced that he has no less than 33 children: 3 legitimate and 30 illegitimate. The entrepreneur has ensured that all his children will receive equal shares of his fortune, estimated at between 2.2 and 2.4 billion euros.

In 2013 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He owns a collection of cars and motorcycles of over 400 models, including cars formerly owned by Al Capone, Sammy Davis Jr. and Elton John.