Stephanie zu Guttenberg

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Stephanie zu Guttenberg
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Stephanie zu Guttenberg (2010)
Stephanie Gräfin von Bismarck-Schönhausen

(1976-11-24) 24 November 1976 (age 46)
(m. 2000)
RelativesHouse of Bismarck (by birth)
House of Guttenberg (by marriage)

Stephanie Anna Charlotte Buhl-Freifrau von und zu Guttenberg (née Gräfin von Bismarck-Schönhausen;[1] 24 November 1976 in Munich) is a German activist against child abuse, and the former president of the German section of Innocence in Danger [de], a human rights NGO working to protect the rights of children on the Internet and working to restrict the spread of child pornography,[2][3] and a co-author of a book about these topics.

She is the wife of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German Minister of Defence, who had to resign due to a scandal, the whole family moved to America from Germany to escape the scandal. A member of the Bismarck family, she is the great-great-granddaughter of Chancellor Otto, Prince of Bismarck, and great-granddaughter of Foreign Secretary Herbert, Prince of Bismarck. She is also a descendant of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo, through her grandfather, the Austrian diplomat Alexander, Count of Hoyos. Through her grandmother Edmée de Loys-Chandieu (1892–1945), wife of Alexander Hoyos, she is a descendant of Swiss and Alsatian families, particularly the de Pourtalès family.


Born in Munich,[4] Stephanie zu Guttenberg is the only daughter of Andreas Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen and Charlotte Kinberg, a Swedish interior architect with partial Dutch/German ancestry.[5] She has two older half-siblings on her mother's side.[citation needed] Guttenberg grew up bilingual, and in addition to her native German and Swedish, she speaks English, French and Italian.[5]

She attained a vocational certificate in textile engineering (Fashion Business Management) from the private academy Fachakademie für Textil & Schuhe in Nagold, and has worked during her schooling for several textile companies.

On 12 February 2000, she married Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, whom she had met when attending Love Parade in Berlin in 1995. They have two daughters, born in 2001 and 2002.


From 2009 until 2013,[6] Guttenberg served as President of the German section of Innocence in Danger [de], an organisation combating child abuse, protecting the rights of children on the Internet, and working to restrict the spread of child pornography.[3][5]

In September 2010, she published the book Schaut nicht weg! Was wir gegen sexuellen Missbrauch tun müssen, co-written with Anne-Ev Ustorf.[7]

She accompanied her husband when visiting the troops in Afghanistan in December 2010,[8] which drew some criticism from the opposition.[9]

On 24 January 2011, Stephanie zu Guttenberg became Patron of the Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft [de][10] in Bavaria.[11]



  • Stephanie zu Guttenberg, Anne-Ev Ustorf, Schaut nicht weg!, Verlag Kreuz, 2010, ISBN 978-3-7831-3485-8



  1. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des in Bayern immatrikulierten Adels, Vol. XXV, 2004, p. 422.
  2. ^ Jungholt, Thorsten, 2009: Wie der Kampf gegen Kinderpornos funktioniert, Die Welt, 25 March 2009, Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b Heftiger Lobbybetrieb vor Anhörung zu Web-Sperren Heise, 26 May 2009.
  4. ^ Binder, Elizabeth, 2009: Die Guttenbergs - Zu Verdis Klängen, Der Tagesspiegel, 21 November 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Haas-Pilwat, Dagmar, 2009: Frau zu Guttenberg, geb. Bismarck: Jung, engagiert, adelig Archived 5 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Rheinische Post, 4 March 2009.
  6. ^ Hannelore Crolly (28 February 2013), Klein, aber laut und sehr effizient Die Welt.
  7. ^ Kinder müssen nein sagen können Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 6 September 2010.
  8. ^ Stephanie zu Guttenberg joins husband on Afghanistan visit, The Local, 13 December 2010.
  9. ^ "PR-inside, 13 December 2010, Bundeswehrverband verteidigt Afghanistan-Besuch von Stephanie zu Guttenberg". Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  10. ^ - W3 WERK Internetproduktionen, Stuttgart (15 February 2013). "Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Herzlich willkommen beim Bayerischen Landtag - 24.01.2011 - Stephanie Freifrau zu Guttenberg übernimmt Schirmherrschaft der Deutschen Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft Bayern". 24 January 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  12. ^ Ehrenpreis für Kampf gegen Kindesmissbrauch, World Vision Deutschland, 2010-05-26