F1 great Hamilton’s meat-free burgers

The seven-time Formula 1 champion became involved with Neat Burger in 2019.

Neat Burger is a chain of restaurants in London specialising in meat-free burgers, and Hamilton was among its earliest investors.

Hamilton adopted a meat-free diet himself in 2017.

Hamilton said last year: “We created Neat Burger to make plant-based eating more accessible to everyone whether you eat plant-based all the time or just want to add it to your diet every now and again.  The response to Neat Burger since we opened has been incredible.”

He became an investor alongside the owner of the Cirque de Soir nightclub chain which has venues in London and Mykonous. 

Farming with Justin Timberlake?

Singer Justin Timberlake and actress Natalie Portman are among Hamilton’s fellow investors in Bowery Farming, the largest vertical farming company in the United States which is now valued at more than £2.3 billion.

Joining forces with Roger Federer and Jeff Bezos

Hamilton, tennis legend Roger Federer and billionaire Jeff Bezos are investors in NotCo, a plant-based food-tech startup.

The company was valued at $1.5 billion after Hamilton and Federer became involved last year.

NotCo makes vegan food using an Artificial Intelligence algorithm called ‘Giuseppe’.

Drinks company with Cindy Crawford

Hamilton is among a group of investors including actor Hugh Jackman, model Cindy Crawford and musician Steve Aoki in Green Drink, a health and wellness products business.

Online grocery app

Hamilton is a recent backer of Zapp, an on-demand grocery startup app.

Zapp launched just two years ago but has already raised £150 million in funding - which includes Hamilton’s investment.

What has Hamilton said about bidding to buy Chelsea?

“I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid,” Hamilton said. “I’ve played football from probably the age of four until 17. I was in teams every year, I was in the school team every year through my childhood. Been to numerous games. 

“When I was young, around the corner from where I lived, I used to play football with all the kids and a couple of my close friends at the time, I was really wanting to fit in. I was the only kid of colour there. 

“The kids all supported someone different. One was Tottenham, one was Man Utd. I remember switching between these teams when I was younger and getting home and my sister Sam punching me several times in the arm, she basically beat me and said I had to support Arsenal. 

“So from five or six years old I then became a supporter of Arsenal. But my Uncle Terry is a big blues fan so I’ve been to so many games with him to watch Arsenal and Chelsea play. 

“Ultimately I’m a sporting fan. It’s the biggest sport in the world and Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world and one of the most successful. 

“When I heard about this opportunity I was like ‘wow’, this is one of the greatest opportunities to be part of something so great.” 

How did Hamilton become involved in Chelsea bid?

Hamilton: “Well naturally I heard about it in the news. Everyone is aware about it. We were contacted and Sir Martin took time to speak to me on the phone and explain his and his team’s goals, if they were to win the bid, which was incredibly exciting. 

"And it was very much aligned with my values and again, as a kid, I remember collecting all the stickers and books to trade cards. I remember filling all of those up as a kid and collecting all those pennies and trading them for sweets with the other kids for the most valuable ones. 

“When I was younger I was trying to be the best player I could be and actually play for a team, so I was trying out for Stevenage Borough when I was younger but then I was in the racing space. 

“I could have only ever dreamed of being an actual integral part of a team, so that for me is the most exciting part.”

How is Serena Williams involved?

Hamilton: “We did speak about it. We spoke multiple times, Serena and I are very close so we are constantly in touch. She’s a phenomenal athlete and woman. 

“We spoke about it, she asked me what my thoughts were about it and I told her that I’m going to be a part of it and she was excited to join.”