Famous German Philanthropists

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Klaus Schwab
(Founder and Executive Chairman of the 'World Economic Forum')

Klaus Schwab
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Birthdate: March 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ravensburg, Germany

World-class economist Klaus Schwab, who established the World Economic Forum and is also its executive chairman, also has a mechanical engineering degree, along with a doctorate in engineering. He has been a University of Geneva professor and has been awarded a host of honorary doctorates and a French knighthood.

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Diem Brown
(Television presenter)

Diem Brown
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Birthdate: June 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Germany
Died: November 14, 2014

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Inaara Aga Khan
(Aga Khan IV's ex wife)

Inaara Aga Khan
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Birthdate: April 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
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Archduchess Gisela of Austria
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Birthdate: July 12, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Laxenburg, Austria
Died: July 27, 1932

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Tessy Antony de Nassau
(Businesswoman)

Tessy Antony de Nassau
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Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Tessy Antony de Nassau is a Luxembourgish non-profit executive and businesswoman. She was formerly married to Prince Louis of Luxembourg and was one of the most important members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg. For her humanitarian work, Tessy was honored with the Mrongovius Medal in 2016. A multi-talented personality, Tessy practices spinning, scuba diving, swimming, skiing, and hunting.

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Karlheinz Böhm
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Birthdate: March 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: May 29, 2014

Karlheinz Böhm was an Austrian-German philanthropist and actor. He is best remembered for playing a psychopathic named Mark in the 1960 British psychological horror-thriller film Peeping Tom. In 2003, the Ethiopian government honored Karlheinz Böhm with honorary citizenship for his work as the founder of an organization named Humans for Humans, which aims at helping Ethiopian people in need.

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Ernest Oppenheimer
(Entrepreneur)

Ernest Oppenheimer
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Birthdate: May 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Friedberg, Germany
Died: November 25, 1957

Born to a cigar merchant in Germany, Ernest Oppenheimer went to South Africa as a representative of a diamond brokerage company and ended up becoming the mayor of Kimberley. He later established himself as a leading financier, who chaired De Beers and co-founded the Anglo American Corporation.

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 8 
Susanne Laschet
(Armin Laschet's wife)

Susanne Laschet
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Birthdate: May 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany

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John Kluge
(Businessman)

John Kluge
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Birthdate: September 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: September 7, 2010

Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington
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Birthdate: April 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
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Birthdate: February 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg West Germany

German socialite and philanthropist Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, or Princess TNT, had met her husband, Prince Johannes, when she was 19 and he was 53. Following his death, she was faced with a $500 million debt, sold off her riches, and became a Catholic activist.  

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Albert Lasker
(Businessman)

Albert Lasker
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Birthdate: May 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: May 30, 1952

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Maurice de Hirsch
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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.

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Reinhard Mohn
(Entrepreneur)

Reinhard Mohn
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Birthdate: June 29, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gütersloh, Germany
Died: October 3, 2009

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Gertrud von Hindenburg
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Birthdate: December 4, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: May 14, 1921

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Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony
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Birthdate: November 22, 1610
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: October 24, 1684

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Hermann von Keyserling
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Birthdate: July 20, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kõnnu, Estonia
Died: April 26, 1946

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August Hermann Francke
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Birthdate: March 22, 1663
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: June 8, 1727

Remembered as one of the chief figures of German Pietism, August Hermann Francke had also been a professor of theology at the University of Halle. Though criticized by radical Lutherans, his social activism saw him providing education and essentials for the poor at his Francke Foundations.