Johannes Erbprinz von Thurn und Taxis
by Academy of Achievement
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Johannes Erbprinz von Thurn und Taxis (1926 – 1990) was a Bavarian banker and industrialist, one of the wealthiest men in Europe, and the owner of the glittering Palace of Regensburg. The patriarch of one of the most celebrated German families, he oversaw a thousand-year-old dynasty from his Bavarian castle. His family was given a monopoly on mail service by the Holy Roman Empire in the 15th century. Emperors, popes and the Prussian kings awarded the family with titles and landed estates, and from then onward his family amassed fortunes. In World War II, Prince Johannes served in German intelligence and was imprisoned by the British Army from 1945 to 1947. In the 1950s, he began building a diversified business empire and, in 1982, at his father's death, inherited the family fortune. As head of a family bank, the Furst Thurn und Taxis bank, he amassed large holdings around the world, including 80,000 acres of land for forestry and farming in Germany (the single largest real estate holding in Germany), 120,000 acres in Brazil, 15,000 acres in British Columbia, a bank with branches throughout Bavaria, industrial enterprises in Europe, cattle operations, rubber and pepper plantations, precious metals interests, a Bavarian brewery, and a vast art collection. Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis participated in the 1985 Achievement Summit in Denver, Colorado with his wife Princess Gloria, and addressed the student delegates on his life and responsibilities for building his family's business.
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