|Estimated value:||€100 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||entrepreneur|
Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (born June 18, 1943 in Kreuznach, Germany) is a German-American businessman best known as the last husband and widower of Zsa Zsa Gabor. In 1980 he adopted his new name after Princess Marie-Auguste von Anhalt adopted him as an adult.
Hans Lichtenberg was born in Kreuznach in the Rhineland as one of five children. His parents were Ferdinand and Barbara Lichtenberg. Prince von Anhalt claims his father was the chief of police in Frankfurt. He was trained as a baker and worked in the central market halls, later he ran several sauna clubs in the Württemberg region.
In 1980, at the age of 36, Lichtenberg was adopted as an adult by Marie-Auguste von Anhalt (1898-1983), then in her 80’s. Her first husband was Joachim, son of former German Emperor Wilhelm II. Upon his adoption, Lichtenberg’s name became “Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt”, although “Prinz” is part of the legal family name in Germany and not a princely title. Former royal and aristocratic titles in Germany, all of which were abolished at the time, may only be lawfully used as part of registered, legal surnames since 1919. Although Prince of Anhalt has no claim to royal or aristocratic heritage, he describes himself as “Prince Frédéric of Anhalt, Duke of Saxony and Westphalia, Count of Ascania”. Some reports state that Prinz von Anhalt claims to have been a childhood friend of Marie Auguste’s only biological child, Karl Franz (1916-1975), and that the grieving mother adopted him out of kindness, calling him “Prince” and “Duke of Saxony ” called “. However, British press reports indicate that Marie Auguste was bankrupt and the adoption was a business transaction allegedly arranged by Hans Hermann Weyer, a former window dresser appointed Honorary Consul of Bolivia in Luxembourg. Weyer was known in Germany in the 1960s for selling certificates of nobility, doctoral certificates from fictitious universities and other bogus medals. Lichtenberg was one of about 35 adults adopted by the ex-princess – some self-proclaimed Princes of Anhalt.
Notwithstanding the adoption by Marie-Auguste, a member of the deposed ducal family of Anhalt, the House of Ascania website on Frédéric Prince of Anhalt does not mention that he is not related by blood. In 1984, Prince von Anhalt moved to the United States, became a sociable person and lived an extravagant lifestyle. On August 14, 1986, he married Hungarian-born American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was 26 years his senior. It was his seventh marriage: He had been married and divorced six times, once receiving a $4 million settlement.
It was Gabor’s ninth marriage but legally her eighth as her marriage to Felipe de Alba had been annulled as she was still married to Michael O’Hara at the time. It also became her longest marriage. “We didn’t marry for love,” said Prince von Anhalt. “It was a friendship, but when you’re with someone for a period of time, you fall in love.” Gabor claimed that shortly after her marriage, she almost arranged Prince von Anhalt’s adoption by an anonymous member of the British royal family.
Since Gabor’s death in December 2016, Prince of Anhalt has inherited her Bel Air mansion and entire estate as the only remaining heir. Prinz von Anhalt claims Gabor’s late daughter Francesca Hilton stole Gabor’s will while she was in the hospital. However, due to her death in January 2015, this did not affect Prince von Anhalt’s acquisition of her Net Worth.
On February 16, 2010, Prince von Anhalt announced his candidacy for governor of California, running as an independent candidate in 2010 against Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown. He withdrew his candidacy on August 2, 2010, citing problems with his wife’s health. In October 2011, he announced his candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles in the 2013 election. He announced himself via a large billboard on Sunset Boulevard. He did not take part in this election campaign and did not appear on the ballot. Prince von Anhalt expressed his support for Donald Trump in several German interviews and television appearances. On September 18, 2017, Prince of Anhalt again announced his candidacy for governor of California, this time in the 2018 election.
Zsa Zsa Gabor’s daughter, the late Francesca Hilton, claimed that Prinz von Anhalt questioned her mother’s dignity, safety and health for attention and gain. Hilton postulated that Prinz von Anhalt forbade Gabor from having visitors, including her own daughter.
Imagination is more important than knowledge because knowledge is limited.”
“A man’s success is made up of his failures.”
The moral man loves his soul, the common man his property.
|Estimated value:||€100 million|