Rowan Atkinson: "Mr. Bean" Actor, Supercar-Crasher Granted Divorce
We know him simply as Mr. Bean. The rest of the world knows him as Rowan Atkinson, and he acts in far more roles than simply the clumsy Brit that doesn’t speak. In fact, with a net worth of $130 million, Atkinson is having the last laugh. But its not all slapstick gags and laughs for Atkinson, who was recently granted a divorce in the UK from his wife of more than 24 years. Atkinson and 54-year-old makeup artist Sunetra met in the Eighties and have two children together. But the divorce was granted in a blistering 65 seconds, on grounds of “unreasonable behavior,” which, according to the UK's Telegraph, is the most common reason for divorce in the UK. Bean…er, Atkinson has left his wife for a 32-year old woman named Louise Ford. RELATED: See more images of the McLaren F1 Supecar
The move to a younger woman is surely the sign of a midlife crisis, but if that’s the case, then shouldn’t there be a fast car in the garage? Oh wait, he’s been there and done that! The actor purchased a McLaren F1–arguably one of the greatest performance road cars of all time–back in 1997. He purchased the car for £640,000 ($974,000)–a price we’d call a bargain today for such a rare vehicle.
Many rare car owners tend to keep their cars away from the road and shut off from the public. Atkinson did not seem to be one of those types, as he crashed it in 2009 and again in 2011. The first time he accidentally slammed it into the back of a Rover Metro (a small economy car, which should feel honored to have had the carbon fiber body panels even graze it).
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Then in 2011, he lost control on a curve in the road, and crashed the McLaren so hard that its 6.1-liter BMW-sourced V12 engine landed 60 feet down the road! Atkinson was lucky enough to escape with just a broken shoulder, but the rest of the automotive community could not help but cringe at the wreckage of the F1.
Thankfully he sold it earlier this year. And with 18 years and 41,000 miles under the belt, the car sold for an impressive £8 million ($12 million), netting Atkinson a £7.3 million ($11.1 million) profit. The fact that it is only one of 64 McLaren F1s ever built and has a celebrity pedigree should keep the value of the burgundy supercar quite high for its life. Let’s just hope the new owner can avoid crashing.
And lest you think Atkinson will be driving around his new gal in a more mundane car, Atkinson brought a Mercedes-Benz SLS-AMG last year!
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