AP PHOTOS: Bernie Ecclestone through the years

LONDON (AP) " Bernie Ecclestone transformed Formula One into a multi-billion dollar business, and turned himself into quite a man about town.

Through four decades as the boss of F1, the British businessman mixed with world leaders, world champions and even a couple of wives.

Ecclestone's reign ended Monday when Liberty Media completed its takeover of the series, making the former face of F1 an honorary chairman and adviser.

Although he will now be on the sidelines, The Associated Press was there during Ecclestone's heyday, capturing images of the man with the kings of Spain and Bahrain, Russian President Vladimir Putin, former F1 champions Michael Schumacher and Niki Lauda, among others.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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