Monday, June 17, 2013

Albert von Thurn und Taxis Biography

Albert II Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis (Albert Prinz von Thurn und Taxis), (born 24 June 1983 in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany) is a German aristocrat. He has been listed as the world's youngest billionaire many times since his father's death in 1990. He first appeared on the list when he was age eight. His mother, Gloria (née Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau), has been a popular media figure since the 1980s, and was instrumental in preserving his fortune after his father's death until Albert became of legal age to take over its management. He has two older sisters: Maria Theresia and Elisabeth.

In 2008 Albert was included as 11th on the list of the Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals as compiled by Forbes magazine.

The House of Thurn und Taxis is a German family whose fortune derives from the appointment of an ancestor, Leonhard von Taxis, as hereditary postmaster general of the Holy Roman Empire in 1595. Albert's father preceded him as the head of this family, which has several branches. The family of Thurn und Taxis remains well known as owners of breweries and builders of castles.

Thurn und Taxis completed his high school education in Rome and then, after his military service, he studied economics and theology at the University of Edinburgh. He is an enthusiastic racing driver, vice-champion (2007/2008) and champion (2010) of the German GT Championship ADAC GT Masters with the German Team Reiter Engineering.

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