Marcus Prinz von Anhalt
|Marcus Prinz von Anhalt|
|Born||Marcus Edward Eberhardt
20 December 1969 (age 43)
|Other names||Prinz Germany|
|Occupation||Businessman, club owner|
He grew up in Pforzheim and worked as a butcher before entering the night club business.
He is one of the largest and most visible owners of brothels in Germany, with over twenty brothels and night clubs. He has served four years in prison, among other things for human trafficking and tax evasion. He claims to be a millionaire "in the three digit range", owning about 40 cars, real estate in Los Angeles (a mansion in Bel Air he shares with Zsa Zsa Gabor and Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt), Fort Lauderdale, Pforzheim, St. Gallen, Dubai and Monaco, and to have 12 bodyguards and 25 servants.
In 2006, he bought his name for several million dollars by being adopted by Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, who had himself obtained his name by adoption. He likes to refer to himself as "Prinz Germany". His brothers by adoption include Oliver Prinz von Anhalt, Michael Prinz von Anhalt and Markus Maximilian Prinz von Anhalt. The adoption and name change did not confer any title or nobility. "Prinz von Anhalt" is his surname, rather than a title, as per German laws regarding the country's former nobility. In addition to long-standing conventions prohibiting the transfer of German titles to adopted individuals—except for individuals who are blood relations adopted by another relative—the Anhalt family does not include Marcus Prinz von Anhalt as a member. In 2008, he organized the "Royal Race", a tour of expensive cars and prominent drivers across Europe. Pamela Anderson was his partner at the race. In February 2009 he was seen having lunch with her in Los Angeles. In 2009, when Zsa Zsa Gabor lost a substantial amount of money to Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, he helped out with a cheque over $6 million.