Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

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Albert
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Albert TT 2011.jpg
Prince Albert in 2011
Head of the House of Thurn and Taxis
Period14 December 1990 – present
PredecessorJohannes
Born (1983-06-24) 24 June 1983 (age 37)
Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
Names
German: Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel Prinz von Thurn und Taxis
HouseThurn and Taxis
FatherJohannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
MotherCountess Gloria of Schönburg-Glauchau
ReligionRoman Catholic

Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis (Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel Fürst von Thurn und Taxis;[1] born 24 June 1983), is a German aristocrat, businessman, and race car driver.[2][3]:540[4] He has been listed as the world's youngest billionaire many times since his father's death in 1990,[5] first appearing on the list when he was age eight.[2]

Biography[edit]

Family[edit]

Through descent from king Miguel I of Portugal, Albert is related to several reigning hereditary heads of state in Europe. He also descends from the dynasties of Wittelsbach, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Braganza and the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.[3]:536–540, 778[4] The House of Thurn und Taxis is a German family whose fortune derives from the appointment of an ancestor, Leonhard von Taxis, as hereditary postmaster general of the Holy Roman Empire in 1595.[4] Albert's father preceded him as the head of this family, which has several branches.[4] The family of Thurn und Taxis remains well known as owners of breweries[6] and former builders of castles.[5] The family seat is Saint Emmeram's Abbey.

His father, Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, an internationally renowned boulevardier, died in 1990 when Albert was seven years old, leaving the young boy to inherit a US$3 billion fortune and US$500 million in debts.[5] His mother, Gloria (née Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau), a popular media figure since marriage to his 53-year-old father as a 20-year-old, was instrumental in preserving the family fortune until Albert became of legal age to take over its management.[5] He has two older sisters: Princess Maria Theresia and Princess Elisabeth.[5]

Education[edit]

Thurn und Taxis completed his high school education in Rome and then, after his military service, he studied economics and theology at the University of Edinburgh.[citation needed]

Media attention[edit]

Prince Albert in 2008

In 2008 Albert was included as 11th on the list of the Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals as compiled by Forbes magazine.[2]

Motorsport[edit]

He is an enthusiastic racing driver, vice-champion (2007/2008) and champion (2010) of the German GT Championship ADAC GT Masters with the German Team Reiter Engineering.[7]

He embarked on a career in rallying in 2009, competing in the European Rally Championship since 2016.[8]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

Traditional:[4]

  • 28 June 1983 – 14 December 1990: His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis
  • 14 December 1990 – present: His Serene Highness the Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Dynastic honours[edit]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2012 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini NOG
QR

3
NOG
CR

8
ZOL
QR

Ret
ZOL
CR

8
NAV
QR

12
NAV
QR

14
SVK
QR

2
SVK
CR

Ret
ALG
QR

13
ALG
CR

Ret
SVK
QR

11
SVK
CR

Ret
MOS
QR
MOS
CR
NUR
QR
NUR
CR
DON
QR
DON
CR
18th 18

Complete World Rally Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Points
2018 Albert von Thurn und Taxis Škoda Fabia R5 MON SWE MEX FRA ARG POR ITA FIN GER
Ret
TUR GBR ESP AUS NC 0
2019 Albert von Thurn und Taxis Škoda Fabia R5 MON SWE MEX FRA ARG CHL POR ITA
27
FIN GER TUR GBR ESP AUS
C
NC 0
2021 Albert von Thurn und Taxis Škoda Fabia R5 Evo MON ARC
Ret
CRO POR ITA KEN EST FIN BEL CHL ESP JPN NC 0

Complete World Rally Championship-3 results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
2021 Albert von Thurn und Taxis Škoda Fabia R5 Evo MON ARC
Ret
CRO POR ITA KEN EST FIN BEL CHL ESP JPN NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained. Archived 24 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c "The 20 Hottest Young Royals - 11. Prince Albert". Forbes. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
  3. ^ a b Willis, Daniel. The Descendants of Louis XIII. Clearfield, 1999, Baltimore, US. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5.
  4. ^ a b c d e Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XIX. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2011. pp. 369, 382–383, 385–386. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
  5. ^ a b c d e "The Conversation of Gloria TNT". Vanity Fair. June 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  6. ^ https://www.thurnundtaxisbiere.de
  7. ^ https://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/fahrerportrait-2011/albert-von-thurn-und-taxis-1635/
  8. ^ https://www.ewrc-results.com/profile/12891-albert-von-thurn-und-taxis/
  9. ^ "09/10/2008 (London) Mass and Investiture at the". Constantinianorder.org. 9 October 2008. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

External links[edit]

Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Cadet branch of the House of Tassis
Born: 24 June 1983
German nobility
Preceded by
Johannes
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
14 December 1990 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Albrecht
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Christian Abt
ADAC GT Masters Champion
2010 with:
Peter Kox
Succeeded by
Dino Lunardi
Alexandros Margaritis