by Scott Mehl
Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein
Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein was born on February 14, 1945 in Zurich. He is the eldest son of Prince Franz Josef II and Countess Georgina von Wilcek. He has four younger siblings – Prince Phillipp Erasmus (1946), Prince Nikolaus (1947), Princess Nora (1950) and Prince Franz Josef (1962).
The Prince attended elementary school in Vaduz and then attended the Schottengymnasium (Scots School) in Vienna, and the Lyceum Alpinum in Zuoz, Switzerland. After briefly working as an intern in a bank in London, he enrolled in the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, graduating in 1969 with a Masters Degree in Business and Economic Studies.
On July 30, 1967, Hans-Adam married Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, his second cousin once removed, at Vaduz Cathedral. The couple have four children:
In 1970, Prince Hans-Adam took over the management and reorganization of all of the Princely family’s assets. Hans-Adam established the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation, essentially a holding company for the various assets, businesses. museums and collections owned by the Princely Family. One of these companies, the LGT Group, is the largest family-owned private wealth and asset manager in Europe.
On August 26, 1984, Prince Franz Josef II appointed Hans Adam as his deputy, handing over most of his duties as Head of State. Franz Josef died on November 13, 1989, and Hans-Adam became the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II.
In a similar move, in 2004, Prince Hans-Adam II appointed his son, Hereditary Prince Alois, as his deputy. While Hans-Adam remains Head of State, the Hereditary Prince has assumed most of the duties of the position. Prince Hans-Adam now focuses primarily on the management of the assets of the Princely Family.
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