At the age of 29 he renounced the inheritance of the 4 billion euro family: “I don’t want to get rich”

At the age of 29 he renounced the inheritance of the 4 billion euro family: “I don’t want to get rich”

The story of Marlene Engelhorn, 29, descendant of the founders of BASF, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, who gave up a €4 billion inheritance: “I don’t know what to do with it and I couldn’t be happy”.

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He gave away a fortune €4 billion, 90% of what is due to her because she “doesn’t want to get rich”. The history of Marlene Engelhorn, 29-year-old Austrian, German-speaking student in Vienna and descendant of the founders of BASFone of the biggest chemical companies the world, which recorded a turnover of over 78 million euros in 2021.

she granny occupies position number 687 in the ranking of the richest people in the world according to Forbes magazine. A fortune from more than 150 years of family business.

The reason for his choice is easy to say. Marlene says she doesn’t need all the money and doesn’t think it’s right to get it without having done something to earn it: “It’s not a question of will, but of accuracy. I have done nothing to obtain this estate. This is pure luck in the birth lottery and pure coincidence,” he explained in one of the interviews with German newspapers.

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“It shouldn’t be my decision what to do with my family’s money that I didn’t work for.” For the young woman, excessive wealth leads to this tensionsHis problems and misunderstandings: “I don’t know what to do with this and it couldn’t be me happy“.

But the 29-year-old still knows she’s very lucky. “To be a person who enjoyed advantages Wealth for a lifetime and I know how distorted our economy is. I can’t keep sitting and waiting for someone somewhere to do something,” she told the BBC, introducing the AG Fiscal Justice movement she founded, known around the world as “Taxmenow,” which is made up of heirs to large fortunes and an increase in the Taxes on large lots.