Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Christian zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen dead at 79
Prince Christian Kraft zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen, Duke of Ujest, died yesterday at his estate in Hungary. He was 79 years old, and had been in declining health for some time, reports the Associated Press.
The late prince was described as the "wealthiest man in Germany. His fortune was "acquired in landed properties and industrial undertakings.:
An "intimate friend" of the late Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, Prince Christian had a "noted career as financier sportsman and club man." He founded the Automobile Club of Germany.
During the World War, Prince Christian headed Germany's Espionage Service for France, Portugal, Spain and Italy.
Prince Christian Kraft was the eldest son of Hugo, the Prince of Hohenlohe-Oehringen, Duke of Ujest, and Princess Pauline of Fürstenberg. He succeeded his father in 1897 as the Prince of Hohenlohe-Oehringen.
Prince Christian Kraft was unmarried. The title passes to his younger brother, Prince Hans.