Zak Brown Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 120,000,000
Real name Zakary Challen Brown
Source of Wealth Racing, McLaren CEO
Profession CEO, Racer
Spouse/Partner Tracy Brown
Date of Birth Nov 7, 1971
Zodiac Scorpio
Age 51
Gender Male
Height 173 cm / 5 ft 8 inch
Nationality American


Zak Brown is a former American professional racing driver and businessman, currently living in the UK. He is presently the McLaren Racing CEO, with an estimated net worth of $120 million as of 2023.

Early life

Not much is known about Zak’s early life and upbringing since he does the best he can to protect his privacy.

In a podcast interview, however, Brown mentioned he attended a local public school in San Fernando. In addition, he said he started feeling passionate about race cars at age ten after going to the 1981 Long Beach Grand Prix with his family.[1]

Early racing

Zak Brown was raised in a middle-class household, and no one in his family had any involvement with racing whatsoever.

After participating in Wheel of Fortune Teen Week and earning several watches, he decided to sell them in a pawn shop and gather as much money as possible to buy himself a go-kart.

Brown started his racing career in karting in 1986 at the age of 15. In the following five seasons, he won 22 races. This year he received three awards: RFA Promising Young Star, AARWB Sports Car Driver, and GCKS Rookie of the Year.

He moved to Europe soon after and had his first win in a Formula Ford 1600 at Donington Park. In the 1992 Benelux Series, he finished in the top ten in each race of the season, followed by finishing 4th in 1993.

In 1995 Zak made his debut with Indy Lights at Laguna Seca, followed by a Formula Three Championship in 1996.

In 1997, Brown finished second in the 24 Hours at Daytona, driving a Porsche 911 GT2, then finishing second at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

From 2001-2005, Brown focused on JMI before returning in 2006 for the Britcar 24 Hours race. In 2007, he was a contestant in the Ferrari Challenge Series as a part of a six-car stable by Ferrari Washington.

In his Fontana debut, he started in the pole position and led each lap, ultimately taking the win. By the following year, Zak was back full-time in competitions.

In 2009, Zak Brown teamed up with Richard Dean and founded United Autosports. The next year their team already had a third-place finish at the Total 24 Hours of Spa. In 2011, he got his maiden class victory in the British GT Championship in Snetterton.[2]

United Autosports raced in both Blancpain Endurance Series, driving a McLaren MP4-12C, and in the British GT Championship with an Audi R8 LMS.

In the British GT Championship at Donington Park with Álvaro Parente, Brown won in the last round, driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

Zak competed in an entire season of the British GP Championship, driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Even though he stopped racing professionally, Brown appeared in Historic events, such as the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

United Autosports has worked with some of the best F1 drivers in history: Fernando Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoya, Lando Norris, and Paul di Resta. UA is currently competing in FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup, and GT4 European Series.

In addition, United Autosports has participated in and taken several victories from races such as Macau GT Cup, the Spa 24 Hours, the Abu Dhabi 12 Hours, and the Australian Bathurst 12 Hour race.

Brown and United Autosports also work on a Historic Division, where they restore, prepare, and manage many older sports cars, including F1 race cars, some of which are from Zak’s collection. In contrast, others are delivered and restored for customers.

Brown and United Autosports have appeared in events such as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Silverstone Classic, Monaco Historics, Le Mans Classic, Spa Classic, and Goodwood Festival of Speed.

In 2016, Brown was promoted to executive director of the McLaren Technology Group. Just two years later, he became the chief executive officer of McLaren Racing, making him responsible for business, strategic direction, operational performance, marketing, and commercial development.

Car collection

Brown is famous for his specific and astonishing car collection. His cars are displayed in the United Autosports workshop:

  • Ayrton Senna's 1991 Monaco Grand Prix-winning McLaren MP4/6
  • Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR stock car
  • Porsche 959 modified by Canepa
  • Porsche 962, chassis 120
  • Jaguar XJR-10
  • McLaren Speedtail Pre-Production 1 (PP1), painted in Sienna Black
  • Ferrari F50, painted in Giallo Modena
  • McLaren M8D
  • Mika Hakkinen's 2001 British Grand Prix winning MP4/16
  • Nigel Mansell's 1993 IndyCar title winning Lola T93/00.

Personal life

As far as Brown's personal life is concerned, not much is publicly known about his family or personal relationships. However, it is known that he is married and has children. According to multiple online sources, he is married to Tracy Brown.

Brown has maintained a low profile regarding his personal life and has not disclosed much information about his family.


Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren Racing, has faced several controversies throughout his career in the motorsports industry. Some notable controversies include:

  • McLaren's F1 Performance: Under Brown's leadership, McLaren has struggled to perform at the same level as some of the top teams in Formula One. This has led to criticism from fans and media, with many questioning Brown's ability to lead the team back to competitiveness.
  • Sponsorship Issues: In 2019, Brown faced criticism over McLaren's decision to remove the Papaya Orange color scheme, which had been a staple of the team for decades, to accommodate a new sponsor. Some fans felt that the move was a sell-out and showed a lack of respect for the team's heritage.
  • Fernando Alonso Return: In 2020, Brown announced that two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso would be returning to McLaren for the 2021 season. The move was controversial as Alonso had left McLaren in 2007 after a disappointing season and had criticized the team for its lack of competitiveness.
  • Relationship with Honda: During his time at McLaren, Brown has also faced criticism over the team's relationship with engine supplier Honda. Despite a promising start to the partnership, McLaren and Honda struggled to achieve success on the track, leading to criticism from fans and the media.[4]


Zak Brown is an American businessman and motorsport executive best known for his role as the CEO of McLaren Racing, a British motor racing team that competes in Formula One. In addition to his work in the motorsports industry, Brown is a former racing driver who competed in various motorsport series, including Formula Ford and IMSA GT.

Brown’s estimated net worth as of 2023 is $120 million.


  1. Zak Brown (no date) The Official McLaren Website – Available at: (Accessed: February 21, 2023).

  2. Zak Brown (2023) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: (Accessed: February 21, 2023).

  3. Galloway, J. (no date) F1 in 2022: McLaren's Zak Brown says Abu Dhabi GP controversy 'symptom' of wider rulemaking issues, Sky Sports. Sky Sports. Available at: (Accessed: February 21, 2023).