Corinna Schumacher, wife of former Formula 1 ace Michael , had her life changed immeasurably the day her husband suffered the head injury that left him in a medically induced coma.
Since the pair married in 1995, she had been forced to adapt to the pace of life enforced by the whirlwind career of the record seven-time world champion.
His 2013 accident, and the months of trauma that followed with doctors unsure whether he would ever regain consciousness, turned her from a wife and companion into the principal executor of Schumacher’s vast fortune and estate, including his varied business interests.
Horseriding champion Corinna has since juggled that responsibility with the rather more critical matter of overseeing her husband’s reported £50k-a-week medical care, as Schumacher slowly puts the pieces of his shattered life back together.
Their mansion in the Swiss town of Gland on the shores of Lake Geneva was adapted shortly after Schumacher’s accident to help accommodate his care needs, with Corinna overseeing the renovations to ensure her husband could return from hospital in Lausanne where he had been receiving care.
"When it became clear that the old Schumi perhaps never would return, Corinna had to accept her new life. She had to act," the German magazine Bunte reported in 2015.
"She took over the job, and the power, of her husband as an act of succession. Corinna underwent a remarkable transformation – from his wife to the clan chief, a lady who trained as a sales clerk to the manager of a multi-millions company."
She also took the decision to sell off Schumacher’s £25million private jet and their holiday home in Norway in 2015, having realised they were unlikely to ever use them again.
Corinna also considered selling the family’s ski chalet in the French resort of Meribel – near to where Michael’s horrific accident happened.
One property she has clung onto is the couple’s horse ranches in Texas and Switzerland, the latter of which has hosted a number of editions of the junior European reigning championships.
Corinna won the European title in 2010, while the couple’s Gina is a former junior European champion.
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