|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||entrepreneur|
Christian (Chris) Töpperwien became known at the latest when he moved into the 13th RTL jungle camp in early 2019. To the king of the jungle in “I’m a star – get me out of here!” however, it wasn’t enough. He had previously appeared in numerous television formats such as taff, Brisant or Punkt 12.
Chris Töpperwien comes from Neuss near Düsseldorf. He was born on February 26, 1974. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Chris Töpperwien began his professional career in his uncle’s snack bar. He managed the “Iss was” branch in the Cologne Kaufhof for around a year and a half. He then began training as an office communications clerk, which he successfully completed in 1996. In 2003 he founded an advertising agency in Cologne.
The docu-soap series “Goodbye Germany! The Emigrants” on the TV channel Vox was the start of Chris Töpperwien’s television career. In several episodes, Vox reported on life and work as a “currywurst man” in Los Angeles. In 2011 he emigrated to the USA to fulfill a dream. On the west coast of the USA he initially wanted to earn his living with silver jewelry and the Silverangels label. When he failed, he switched to gastronomy. With the “No. 1 Currywurst Truck” he brought the German currywurst to the USA in Los Angeles in 2012 and was well received. He bought several currywurst trucks to popularize the German currywurst across America. Chris Töpperwein has also expanded his business into a franchise system and expanded to two licensees in the US state of Florida. In 2016, the “Currywurstmann” was accused of fraud by his investors because he is said to have sold fake shares. However, the public prosecutor’s office dropped the investigation. In 2016, Töpperwien released his debut single There’s Nothing Like California Sun on Xtreme Sound in Cologne, but it didn’t make it into the charts.
After being featured in the emigrant program “Goodbye Germany!” became known, Chris Töpperwien appeared in several programs on television. Among other things, on taff, Abenteuer Leben Spezial, on breakfast television on Sat.1, Brisant, Drehscheibe Deutschland or Punkt 12. In 2016, together with his then wife Magdalèna Kalley, he reached the RTL game show “Das Sommerhaus der Stars – Kampf der Promipaare”. third place. In January 2019, Chris Töpperwien was a contestant for the thirteenth season of “I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here!”, He placed 6th there. He then took part in the jungle special of “The Perfect Celebrity Dinner”. At the end of January 2019 he started his own program “In 90 days to success – emigration with Chris Töpperwien” on RTL 2. The show will be canceled after five episodes.
“I want to be the currywurst man of America. If someone says ‘the sausage in America’, I want my face to be there.”
“Only visionaries become millionaires! This is the case in many areas. Of course, becoming a millionaire or rich is primarily about money! The subconscious also plays a major role here. You have to keep telling yourself that money is a wonderful thing. Money can do a lot. And in my eyes, money also makes you happy thanks to these many possibilities! Anyone who claims otherwise has never owned money.”
tips for success
“You have to be flexible. Those who are too ashamed to work hard will not be successful”
“Always stay focused! Pursuing your goal is essential. The straight path counts. Detours are only complicated and lead to nothing or cost time and money. The focus MUST be on the DIRECT PATH – come what may! It ALWAYS goes on!”
“Even if you go bankrupt, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the idea or the path was wrong. Maybe it was the wrong time or the wrong contacts and partners to work with. Keep going and never give up is the MOST IMPORTANT.”