Ferdinand von Bismarck

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Prince Ferdinand
Prince of Bismarck
Tenure 24 December 1975 – present
Spouse Countess Elisabeth Lippens
Issue Carl-Eduard von Bismarck
Gottfried von Bismarck
Gregor von Bismarck
Vanessa von Bismarck
Full name
Ferdinand Herbord Ivar Fürst von Bismarck
House House of Bismarck
Father Otto Christian Archibald von Bismarck
Mother Ann-Mari Tengbom
Born (1930-11-22) 22 November 1930 (age 83)
London, United Kingdom

Ferdinand Herbord Ivar, Prince of Bismarck (German: Ferdinand Herbord Ivar Fürst von Bismarck; born November 22, 1930, in London) is a German landowner and lawyer and the Prince of Bismarck since 1975.

The son of politician and diplomat Otto Christian Archibald von Bismarck and great-grandson of statesman Otto von Bismarck,[1] the founder of modern Germany, he grew up in London, Rome and Sweden, and was educated at the Schule Schloss Salem boarding school. After a few years in Brazil in the early 1950s, where he worked for the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, he went on to study law, earning a law degree in 1956. He worked for the European Commission in Brussels for some years, and has since 1967 worked as an attorney in Hamburg, based from his home in Friedrichsruh. He has also managed his family's estate.

Bismarck married the Belgian countess Elisabeth Lippens in 1960. They have four children: one son, Carl-Eduard von Bismarck, was briefly a Member of the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament; another son was Count Gottfried von Bismarck (1962–2007);[2][3] Their third son, Gregor von Bismarck-Schönhausen, was born in 1964 and a daughter, Vanessa von Bismarck-Schönhausen, in 1971.[1]

Bismarck had the nominal title of Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen from his birth until the death of his father in 1975, when he succeeded to the title of Prince.

He became a member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany when he was thirty years old and was chairman of the local party in Aumühle. He is a member of the board of the Otto von Bismarck Foundation and is patron of the Bismarckbund and the Bismarck Order, as well as chairman of the Duchy of Lauenburg Foundation.


  • Anmerkungen eines Patrioten ("Observations of a Patriot"), 1998
  • Setzen wir Deutschland wieder in den Sattel ("Germany back in the Saddle"), 2004



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Styles of
The Prince of Bismarck
Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Sir
German nobility
Preceded by
Otto Christian Archibald von Bismarck
Prince of Bismarck
1975 – present