|Estimated value:||€3 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||entrepreneur|
Udo Walz was considered a star hairdresser for more than half a century, worked with numerous greats in the fashion industry and set trends. His creations adorned the heads of models at fashion shows, on magazine covers and red carpets around the world. Since the 1960s he has been an important part of the fashion scene, from which he is still indispensable today. Udo Walz died in a coma at the age of 76 after suffering diabetic shock two weeks earlier.
Udo Walz was born in Waiblingen in 1944 as the son of a driver. At the age of 14 he was looking for a professional future and completed an internship in a friend’s hair salon. There he discovered his passion for hairdressing and began an apprenticeship in Stuttgart. After completing his training, he moved to Zurich and from there to St. Moritz. Here he began his collaboration with well-known celebrities of the time, such as Marlene Dietrich and Romy Schneider. His updos quickly became extremely popular. In 1963 he moved to Berlin, where he worked in various high-class salons, soon came into contact with models and gained a foothold in the fashion industry. Since the 1970s he has also done the hair for the cover models of Brigitte and the models in the Otto catalogues.
His career breakthrough began in the mid-1980s. His first hairdressing shop opened in 1985 on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, and eight others followed, including one in Berlin’s Kempinski Hotel, one on the cruise ship Deutschland and three in Mallorca. Since the beginning of his career, his customers have included many stars that the respective epoch has produced. In the 1950s, for example, he did the hairstyles for acting greats such as Romy Schneider and Marlene Dietrich, as well as for the Greek opera singer Maria Callas. The icon of the 1960s, the model Twiggy, was also among his customers, as had model Claudia Schiffer and actress Julia Roberts since the 1980s. In addition to TV and film stars such as talk show legend Sabine Christiansen or the models Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell, the 1990s also brought political greats such as the then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to his hairdressing chair. Even in the new millennium, the stars in his salons come and go. Singer Sarah Connor, TV star Desirée Nick and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are of course among his customers. The publicist Gertrud Höhler once said about him: “He’s a star and that’s how stars look for him.”
In addition to working with his numerous beautiful and famous clients, Udo Walz also wrote several books. “Udo Walz, hairdresser: every woman is beautiful”, “washing, cutting, life” and “exactly: my life for beauty”. The guide “Udo Walz, Hair Affair: Tips and Tricks” was also published.
Udo Walz was a perfectionist, his salons are temples of beauty. He saw his job as a vocation, he lived the childhood dream of not just working as a hairdresser, but as a high-class hairdresser. His career is his life and therefore everything he does is a highlight of his existence.
Udo Walz has appeared in front of the camera several times. In 2010 he had a guest appearance in the TV soap “Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten”, as well as a guest appearance in the 6th season of the comedy show “Pastewka”. In the crime series “SOKO Stuttgart” in 2012 he played a customer of an upscale hairdressing salon. In 2015 he played in “Notruf Hafen Kante – Where’s Papa?” an alcoholic who needs hospital treatment. He had his own section on “Circus Halligalli” and appeared on the ARD quiz show “Paarduell” in 2016.
Udo Walz knew who he was and what he could do. He was always self-confident and could rightly be proud of his success. One of his most famous quotes shows that he was too: “If you don’t have any envious people, you won’t have any success!”. He proved that he also had a sense of humor not only with his appearances in various comedy shows, but also with the following quote, which he said on the NDR talk show: “I’ve been on a diet for thirty-five years without success.”
In his journeyman’s examination, Udo Walz only took 598th place – out of 600.
In 1970 one of his customers was called Ulrike Meinhof. A short time later, she was one of the top terrorists in the RAF.
He has been in a happy relationship with Carsten Thamm since 1994. And although he said in an interview in 2004 that same-sex marriage wasn’t for him, he reconsidered it and on July 26, 2008 they both established a registered civil partnership.
Udo Walz is a diabetic and supports an information campaign on vaccinations in adulthood, since people with chronic illnesses are particularly affected by the severe courses of various infectious diseases.
|Estimated value:||€3 million|