Famous Austrian Business People

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 1 Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck
Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: July 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria

Wolfgang Puck is an Austrian-American restaurateur. In 1973, Puck moved to the US and opened a restaurant named Spago in 1982. He then established himself as a respected restaurateur by opening several other restaurants. In 2013, he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. Also an actor, Puck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 2 Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff
Famous As: Motorsport Executive, Race car driver
Birthdate: January 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Former racing driver Toto Wolff is the CEO and 30% stakeholder of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One Team. He has been part of the Austrian and German Formula Ford championships. He later established the investment firms Marchfifteen and Marchsixteen. He supports underprivileged children through the Mary Bendet Foundation.

 3 Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche
Famous As: Founder of Porsche Automobile Company
Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: ratislavice nad Nisou, Liberec, Czechia
Died: January 30, 1951

Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian-German automotive engineer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular car companies in the world, Porsche AG. He is also credited with creating the Lohner-Porsche mixed hybrid, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. During World War II, Porsche was a prominent contributor to the German war effort.

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 4 Dietrich Mateschitz

Dietrich Mateschitz
Famous As: Co-founder of Red Bull
Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sankt Marein im Mürztal, Austria
Self-made business magnate and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz took 10 years to complete his marketing degree. He was also one of the pioneers of content marketing, and rather than depending on paid ad agencies, marketed his brand through numerous media tools, such as the Red Bulletin magazine.

 5 Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mitterberg-Sankt Martin, Austria
Died: March 28, 2017

German-Austrian actress, author, and businesswoman Christine Kaufmann gained attention of post-war German movie audiences with her performances in films like Rosen-Resli, Der schweigende Engel and Ein Herz schlägt für Erika. She became the first German to be honoured with Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for her performance in the drama film Town Without Pity.

 6 Albert Göring

Albert Göring
Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: March 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Friedenau
Died: December 20, 1966
Apart from being an engineer who worked for the German army during World War I, Albert Göring is also remembered as the brother of infamous Nazi Party figure and military leader Hermann Göring. Surprisingly, he was anti-Nazi and had helped many Jews, though he remained ostracized due to his family name, post-war.

 7 Ferdinand Piech

Ferdinand Piech
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 25, 2019

Remembered widely as the grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, Ferdinand Piech later joined Audi. He is also known for converting Volkswagen from a loss-making firm to one of the world leaders in the global automobile scene. He had apparently fathered 12 children with several women.

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 8 Robert Bosch

Robert Bosch
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Inventor, Artisan
Birthdate: September 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Felkirchen
Died: March 12, 1942

The founder of the German engineering and technological MNC Bosch, Robert Bosch was born to a farmer in a south Germany village. He is also remembered as one of the first Germans to introduce 8-hour work days. He also invented the high-voltage spark plug and magneto for automobiles.

 9 Friedrich Mandl

Friedrich Mandl
Famous As: entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 9, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: September 8, 1977

Friedrich Mandl, also known as Fritz Mandl, was an armament magnate and a prominent supporter of Austrian nationalism and fascism. Of the five women he was married to in his lifetime, one was actor Hedy Lamarr, who later described him as a controlling man from whom she had to escape in disguise.

 10 Frank Stronach

Frank Stronach
Famous As: Founder of Magna International, The Stronach Group
Birthdate: September 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kleinsemmering, Styria, Austria

Frank Stronach grew up in Austria during World War II and later moved to Canada. The Magna International founder is also an award-winning thoroughbred horse racer and has a keen interest in football. He has also had short stint in Austrian politics and had established the now defunct Team Stronach for Austria.

 11 Emilie Louise Flöge

Emilie Louise Flöge
Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: August 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 26, 1952

The daughter of a pipe manufacturer, Emilie Louise Flöge initially worked as a seamstress but later found her calling in fashion designing. Also remembered as the companion of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, she featured in many of his paintings and was a major figure of the Fin de siècle movement.

 12 Louise Piech

Louise Piech
Famous As: Ferdinand Porsche's daughter
Birthdate: August 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Died: February 10, 1999

The daughter of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, Louise Piech went down in history as the woman who had saved the family brand from being confiscated by enemy forces during the War. she and her brother, Ferry Porsche, set up Porsche Konstruktionen GesmbH, declaring themselves as directors.

 13 Nadja Swarovski

Nadja Swarovski
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Germany

An heir of the Swarovski crystal company, Nadja Swarovski has been behind a major repositioning of the Swarovski brand. She not only introduced initiatives such as the Swarovski Emerging Talent Awards but has also launched the Atelier Swarovski line. She has also been associated with the Waterschool conservation project.

 14 Hikmet Ersek

Hikmet Ersek
Famous As: Businessman who is the former CEO of Western Union
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

 15 Maurice de Hirsch

Maurice de Hirsch
Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: December 9, 1831
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: April 21, 1896

German philanthropist and businessman Maurice de Hirsch was born into an affluent family of bankers and was later associated with Bischoffsheim & Goldschmidt. He is remembered for his remarkable charitable contribution to various educational initiatives and for the settlement of Jewish refugees, the most notable being the fund for Russian Jews.

 16 Peter Abeles

Peter Abeles
Famous As: Magnate
Birthdate: April 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 25, 1999

Renowned Australian business magnate Peter Abeles went from being a refugee at a Nazi camp to a transportation pioneer. One of his initial jobs was that of a door-to-door salesman, and a push from a friend led him to start dealing in transport contracts. He eventually led the company TNT-Alltrans.

 17 Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild

Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild
Famous As: Chess player, Businesspeople
Birthdate: October 29, 1844
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 11, 1911

Austrian-Hungarian banker Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild was part of the famous Rothschild banking family. He didn’t just bring in important monetary reforms in Austria but also established himself as a chess player and patron, who even sponsored various chess tournaments. An asteroid was named in his memory.

 18 Count Moritz von Fries

Count Moritz von Fries
Famous As: Nobleman, banker and patron of the arts
Birthdate: May 6, 1777
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 26, 1826

 19 Karl Schulmeister

Karl Schulmeister
Famous As: Tobacconist
Birthdate: August 5, 1770
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Freistett, Rheinau, Germany
Died: May 8, 1853

Initially a shepherd, Karl Schulmeister later became a businessman and a smuggler. He eventually became a spy, working for Napoleon I. He had also served as the commissioner of police for Vienna. He spent his final days in poverty, working as a tobacconist after the end of Napoleon’s reign.

 20 Samson Wertheimer

Samson Wertheimer
Famous As: Former Chief rabbi, Banker
Birthdate: January 17, 1658
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Worms, Germany
Died: August 6, 1724

 21 Cevdet Caner

Cevdet Caner
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Pölten, Austria

 22 Claus Josef Riedel

Claus Josef Riedel
Famous As: Glassmaker
Birthdate: February 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Polaun, Czechia
Died: March 17, 2004

An heir to the Austrian glassmaking company Riedel Crystal, Claus Josef Riedel had introduced many innovations in the glassmaking industry. He brought in the world’s first gourmet glasses and also introduced a full range of wine glasses for different types of wine. He had also won several awards for his innovations

 23 Horst Martin Rechelbacher

Horst Martin Rechelbacher
Famous As: Businessman who was the founder of the cosmetics company Aveda Corporation and Intelligent Nutrients
Birthdate: November 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Klagenfurt, Austria
Died: February 15, 2014