|Estimated value:||€120 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||entrepreneur|
Marcus Prinz von Anhalt is a German businessman and nightclub owner whose luxurious lifestyle earns him some coverage in the German yellow press.
Prince of Anhalt was born Marcus Frank Adolf Eberhardt on December 20, 1966 in Pforzheim into a wealthy family. Prince of Anhalt claims that his parents owned a jewelry store before their store was declared bankrupt and the family lost large amounts of their Net Worth. By the age of 13, Eberhardt was holding many jobs and left school at 16 to train as a butcher. He started a cleaning service, which was a subsidiary of the butcher’s, and by the age of 16 was earning a total income of 6000 DM. He trained further to become a chef, opened several restaurants and started an interior design business.
Eberhardt has further diversified his organization by opening several table dance bars and gentlemen’s clubs across the United States. He later bought several brothels and earned the nickname “Red Light King”. After this investment, Eberhardt was charged with money laundering, tax fraud and human trafficking.
With over twenty brothels and nightclubs, he is one of the largest and most visible brothel owners in Germany. He has served four years in prison for human trafficking and tax evasion. He claims to be a “three-figure millionaire” owning about 40 cars and properties in Los Angeles (a Bel Air mansion he shares with Zsa Zsa Gabor and Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt), Fort Lauderdale, Pforzheim, St. Gallen, Dubai and Monaco, and has 12 bodyguards and 25 servants.
In 2006, he bought his name for millions of dollars by being adopted by Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, who got his name through adoption. The adoption and name change conferred no actual title or nobility. “Prinz von Anhalt” is a surname (literally, Prince of Anhalt) and not a title under German laws that abolished the country’s former nobility in 1919. Additionally, the Anhalt family does not include Marcus Prince of Anhalt as a member. He likes to call himself “Prince Germany”. Among his adopted brothers are Oliver Prince of Anhalt, Michael Prince of Anhalt and Markus Maximilian Prince of Anhalt. His adopted sister is Francesca Hilton, stepdaughter of his adoptive father and born daughter of his adoptive mother. In 2008 he organized the “Royal Race”, a tour of Europe with expensive cars and prominent drivers. Pamela Anderson was his partner in the race. In February 2009, he was spotted having lunch with her in Los Angeles. When Zsa Zsa Gabor lost a significant amount to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme in 2009, he helped with a $6 million check.
In November 2014, Marcus Prinz von Anhalt was again sentenced to prison. During the appeal against the verdict, Prince von Anhalt was imprisoned for two years. The four-year prison sentence was based on charges of tax evasion and tax fraud. The public prosecutor had accused Prince of Anhalt of tax evasion of 1.5 million euros. The public prosecutor’s office had presented an estimate of the financial damage to the tax authorities from the arrest of 747,000 euros and another attempt at tax evasion of 820,000 euros. In particular, prosecutors accused von Anhalt of having declared the private use of his 14 luxury cars (with a total value of at least 1 million euros) and vacations to Las Vegas as professional and business expenses to the tax authorities. Von Anhalt argued “his glamorous lifestyle” is part of his job as a “TV star”, which is why he only used his luxury cars for “representational” reasons, explaining: driving in my Porsche, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce and traveling to a show in Las Vegas only have professional reasons. In addition, von Anhalt tried to convince the judge and prosecutors that if he had committed tax evasion it must have been unintentional as he did not fully understand German tax laws at the time. “I know that German tax laws are extremely complicated and maybe even the most complicated in the world”. Some people can understand German tax laws, but he’s not one of them; but he knows how to run a brothel successfully. The judges did not believe von Anhalt’s statements and subsequently imposed a prison sentence of 4 years. Von Anhalt had previously stated that “he sees no crime in his case” and that the amounts he allegedly evaded from tax authorities are “petty” and “ridiculous” considering “his brothels” and disco Clubs generate income in the tens of millions.
“I know that German tax laws are extremely complicated and maybe even the most complicated in the world”
|Estimated value:||€120 million|