Ferdinand von Bismarck

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Prince Ferdinand
Prince of Bismarck
Tenure24 December 1975 – 23 July 2019
Born(1930-11-22)22 November 1930
London, United Kingdom
Died23 July 2019(2019-07-23) (aged 88)
Reinbek, Germany
SpouseCountess Elisabeth Lippens
IssueCarl-Eduard von Bismarck
Gottfried von Bismarck
Gregor von Bismarck
Vanessa von Bismarck
Full name
Ferdinand Herbord Ivar Fürst von Bismarck
HouseHouse of Bismarck
FatherOtto Christian Archibald von Bismarck
MotherAnn-Mari Tengbom

Ferdinand Herbord Ivar, Prince of Bismarck (German: Ferdinand Herbord Ivar Fürst von Bismarck; 22 November 1930 – 23 July 2019) was a German landowner and lawyer and the Prince of Bismarck from 1975 to 2019, when he was succeeded by his oldest son Carl von Bismarck in accordance with letters patent of 1871.

He was a godfather of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.[1]

Early life[edit]

Styles of
The Prince of Bismarck
Reference styleHis Serene Highness
Spoken styleYour Serene Highness
Alternative styleSir

von Bismarck was born in London, the son of politician and diplomat Otto Christian Archibald von Bismarck and Swedish socialite Ann-Mari Tengbom. He was a grandson of statesman Herbert von Bismarck, a great-grandson of statesman Otto von Bismarck,[2] and the maternal grandson of the prominent Swedish architect Ivar Tengbom. 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 after 1967 worked as an attorney in Hamburg, based from his home in Friedrichsruh. He also managed his family's estate.

Family life[edit]

Bismarck married the Belgian countess Elisabeth Lippens in 1960; she was a granddaughter of the Belgian politician Maurice Lippens. They had four children:

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.

Bismarck was a member of the board of the Otto von Bismarck Foundation and was patron of the Bismarckbund and the Bismarck Order, as well as chairman of the Duchy of Lauenburg Foundation.[citation needed]

Bismarck died on 23 July 2019 at the age of 88.[6]


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



  1. ^ https://www.adelswelt.de/aktuell/koenig-willem-alexander-abschied
  2. ^ a b Bismarck Archived 2013-01-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Byers, David (2007-10-10). "Doctor stunned by cocaine level in aristocrats dead body". The Times. London.
  4. ^ "The curse of inheritance: Do wealthy dynasties always make for happy heirs?". The Independent. London. 19 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Why European Royalty and Aristocrats are flocking to New York". Archived from the original on 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2015-02-01.
  6. ^ https://m.spiegel.de/panorama/ferdinand-von-bismarck-gestorben-urenkel-des-reichskanzlers-a-1278947.html

External links[edit]

German nobility
Preceded by
Otto Christian Archibald von Bismarck
Prince of Bismarck
1975 – 2019
Succeeded by
Carl von Bismarck