It's hard to feel bad for Flavio Briatore
. The billionaire playboy is credited with expanding the Benetton empire around the world, and then went on to manage its Formula One racing team. When French automaker Renault bought the team, he became team principal, taking on a public role within the glamorous sport. Along the way he also started a handful of other racing series, acquired an English football club, opened luxurious resorts around the world under the Billionaire brand
and proceeded to date some of the most glamorous models and actresses on the world stage, fathering a child with none other than Heidi Klum. But his career came to a grinding halt last year with the so-called "crash-gate" affair
According to accusations, Briatore ordered his driver Nelson Piquet Jr to crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, helping his team-mate Fernandlo Alonso win the race. Briatore was both boss and manager to both drivers, and when Piquet blew the whistle, Flavio was kicked out of the sport by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, the international governing body that supervises the sport.
Briatore has since won an appeal against the FIA in French courts, but says he'll never manage another F1 team again. Instead, he's suing the FIA again for damages caused to his reputation and to his driver management business. He may be cleared to race again, but Briatore's out for blood.