Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

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Albert
Albert Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Albert TT 2011.jpg
Albert in 2011
Head of the House of Thurn and Taxis
Period 14 December 1990 – present
Predecessor Johannes
Heir presumptive Max Emanuel Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Full name
German: Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel Prinz von Thurn und Taxis
House Thurn und Taxis
Father Johannes, Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Mother Gloria Countess of Schönburg-Glauchau
Born (1983-06-24) 24 June 1983 (age 31)
Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
Religion Roman Catholic

Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel Prince of Thurn and Taxis (German: Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel Prinz von Thurn und Taxis;[1] born 24 June 1983) is a German aristocrat, businessman and car racing driver. 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.

Biography[edit]

Family[edit]

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.[2] Albert's father preceded him as the head of this family, which has several branches.[2] The family of Thurn und Taxis remains well known as owners of breweries and former builders of castles.

Education[edit]

Thurn und Taxis completed his high school education in Rome and then, after his military conscription service in the German Bundeswehr, 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.[citation needed]

Media attention[edit]

Albert in 2008

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.[3]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

Through descent from king Miguel I of Portugal he is related to several reigning hereditary heads of state in Europe. He also descends from the dynasties of Wittelsbach, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Braganza, Wurttemberg, Mecklenburg, House of Habsburg-Lorraine, Liechtenstein and Oldenburg.[2][4]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2012 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini NOG
QR

3
NOG
CR

8
ZOL
QR

Ret
ZOL
CR

8
NAV
QR

12
NAV
QR

14
SVK
QR

2
SVK
CR

Ret
ALG
QR

13
ALG
CR

Ret
SVK
QR

11
SVK
CR

Ret
MOS
QR
MOS
CR
NUR
QR
NUR
CR
DON
QR
DON
CR
18th 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained.
  2. ^ a b c d Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XIX. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2011. pp. 369, 382–383, 385–386. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6. 
  3. ^ "The 20 Hottest Young Royals - 11. Prince Albert". Forbes. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008. 
  4. ^ Willis, Daniel (1999). The Descendants of Louis XIII. Baltimore, US: Clearfield. pp. 536–540, 778. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5. 

External links[edit]

Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Cadet branch of the House of Tassis
Born: 24 June 1983
German nobility
Preceded by
Johannes
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
14 December 1990 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Max Emanuel
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Christian Abt
ADAC GT Masters Champion
2010 with:
Peter Kox
Succeeded by
Dino Lunardi
Alexandros Margaritis