Thursday, March 30, 2017

Eddie Jordan Born In Dublin, Ireland - March 30, 1948

March 30, 1948
Eddie Jordan
EddieJordan
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Born in Dublin, Ireland.
Former motorsport team boss, businessman, entrepreneur, musician and mentor. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He is currently the lead analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC. He discovered go-kart racing on a working holiday in Jersey, later entering the Irish Kart Championship in 1971, which he won. A move to Formula Ford in 1974 resulted in consistency over two years and later he entered the Formula Atlantic and Formula Three championships. In 1979 Jordan founded Eddie Jordan Racing, entering motor races across the United Kingdom and later moving into Formula 3000. In 1991 Jordan established a new team Jordan Grand Prix which raced in Formula One motor racing from 1991 until selling the team to Russian-Canadian businessman Alex Shnaider, who renamed the team Midland in 2006.

In 2009 Jordan returned as an analyst for the BBC's Formula One coverage alongside former Formula One driver David Coulthard and journalist Jake Humphrey becoming known for breaking stories before they were confirmed by teams.

Jordan loves rock and roll music, and he personally plays the drums. Until 2007 his band's name was V10. A cut down version of the band is currently gigging at various venues around the world under the name of "Eddie & The Robbers".
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Jordan is a fan of Celtic FC, Coventry City and Chelsea and has been linked with takeover bids for Coventry. Jordan is also a Celtic FC shareholder. Jordan's other sporting interests include golf and horse racing, where he has horses in training with Mouse Morris.

He has several other companies still owned partly or wholly by himself, including the vodka brand Vodka V10 and the energy drink brand EJ-10. He also invested in the notorious Bulgarian property company Madara Capital, which attracted controversy for its tasteless attempts to develop karadere beach where he was also a director. He is a member of two famous Irish clubs: the Royal Dublin Golf Club and the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Eddie has been awarded two prestigious awards in Ireland. He received the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin, the largest student society in Ireland, to honour his outstanding contribution to motorsport in Ireland. He also received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin to honour his contribution to motor racing and his charity work over the years.

He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and Dublin Institute of Technology. Jordan has written an autobiography, "An Independent Man", which was published in May 2007.

His main base is in Ireland where Jordan keeps his personal helicopter, and he has homes in Wentworth, South Kensington, London and Monaco, where he keeps his yacht.
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