Karl Von Habsburg

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Karl Von Habsburg’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Karl Von Habsburg

Place Of Birth

Starnberg, Germany


61 years old

Birth Date

January 10, 1961

Star Sign

Karl Von Habsburg Facts

Child Star?



Austrian Politician, Head of House Habsburg-Lorraine

Education & Qualifications

IMADEC University


Eleonore von Habsburg, Ferdinand Habsburg, Gloria von Habsburg


Otto von Habsburg, Regina von Habsburg


Georg von Habsburg, Walburga Habsburg Douglas, Andrea von Habsburg, Michaela von Habsburg, Gabriel von Habsburg, Monika von Habsburg



Chinese Year

Year of the Ox

About Karl Von Habsburg 

Karl von Habsburg was born in Starnberg, Germany on January 11, 1961.

Karl von Habsburg is an Austrian politician and the head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and thus a pretender to the throne of Austria-Hungary. Karl von Habsburg is the grandson of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor, Charles I, and the son of the Archduke, Otto von Habsburg, Crown Prince of Austria, and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen.

Karl von Habsburg is the Royal Prince of Hungary and belonged to the Royal Family. Karl von Habsburg is the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece's head and sovereign. From 1996 to 1999, Karl von Habsburg was a member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party. He is well-known for being pro-European and a supporter of the Pan-European movement.

The Austrian politician has dedicated his life to the preservation of cultural heritage from risks such as armed war and natural calamities. From 2008 to August 2020, he served as President of the cultural protection organization Blue Shield International.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, he tested positive for the virus. At home, the Habsburgs sequestered themselves. He was the first royal to get the virus and the head of a royal house. After nearly three weeks of quarantine, Karl von Habsburg was certified healthy. Karl von Habsburg advised everyone to properly follow the specified preventive measures after his illness and invited disease survivors to give blood plasma.

Karl Von Habsburg Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Karl Von Habsburg’s net worth?

As the Habsburg family is a royal family and a dynasty, there is no specific information about their net worth.

How much does Karl Von Habsburg earn per year?

There is no information about the annual income of Karl von Habsburg.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Karl Von Habsburg?

There is no information about the height of Karl von Habsburg.

How old is Karl Von Habsburg?

Karl von Habsburg is 61 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Karl von Habsburg was born in Starnberg, Bavaria, on January 11, 1961. In Pöcking, Bavaria, he was baptized as Archduke Karl of Austria (Erzherzog Karl von sterreich), according to the baptismal documents.

His father was de facto stateless at his birth and held a Spanish diplomatic passport, while his mother was a German citizen. For the first years of his existence, he was exiled from Austria like his father and siblings. However, in June 1966, an Austrian administrative court concluded that applying to return to the country was permissible, and his family was given visa entry.

At its peak, the House of Habsburg was one of Europe's most powerful and important rulers, and Charles I of Austria reigned for two years until the monarchy was abolished at the end of World War I.

Since 1982, he has also studied law, political science, and philosophy. He attended the University of Salzburg and earned a scholarship to Michigan State University in 1984.

In 2012, he got an LLM and an MBA from IMADEC University in Vienna.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Karl Von Habsburg’s partner?

Since 1981, Habsburg has resided in Salzburg, Austria, at Casa Austria, formerly known as Villa Swoboda, in Anif, near Salzburg. He married Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza (born June 7 1958, in Lausanne), the only daughter of European industrialist Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon, and his third wife, fashion model Fiona Frances Elaine Campbell-Walter, on January 31, 1993, in Mariazell.

Despite opposition from some family members, Karl's father, as head of the House of Habsburg, approved the marriage because the bride, despite being a baroness in pre-republican Hungary and Transylvania's nobility, did not descend from the legitimate male line from a dynastic (ruling or formerly ruling or mediatized) family.

Karl von Habsburg was fined more than $1500 by an Austrian court in July 1998 for failing to register an ancient diadem in his luggage to customs officers when he crossed the border from Switzerland in July 1996. His wife possessed the diadem and intended to wear it at a wedding ceremony.

Francesca and Karl have three children: Eleonore Maria del Pilar Iona Christina Jelena, Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard, and Gloria Maria Bogdana Paloma Regina Fiona Gabriela

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Karl von Habsburg served in the Austrian Armed Forces as a one-year voluntary Platoon commander of a Jäger (infantry) Platoon. He later completed his pilot training and is currently a reserve Hauptmann (captain) in the Austrian Air Force. Karl has also served in the Austrian Army as a Cultural Property Protection Officer, first with the Military Command of Salzburg's staff, then with the Armed Forces High Command, and now with IHSW at Staff College. Karl was elected President of the European Military Paratroopers Association (Europäischen Militär- Fallschirmsprungverbandes e.V.) in 2001 while serving as a paratrooper he still maintains today.

He has been the President of the Paneuropean Union's Austrian branch, which co-organized the Pan-European Picnic since 1986. Under his direction, the opposition and freedom movements in Central and Eastern Europe were backed. He was heavily involved in political events in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and the Baltic States. In May 1990, as a representative of the Paneuropean Union, Habsburg personally led a relief convoy to Vilnius with food, medicine, and clothing in response to the Soviet Union's blockade of raw supplies following the proclamation of Lithuanian independence in March 1990. In 1991, he arranged international aid to protect Dubrovnik and the former Yugoslavia from destruction.

He hosted a TV game show called 'Who Is Who' with the Austrian public television network ORF from 1992 to 1993. Karl was elected to the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party in October 1996. After two years, Karl von Habsburg served on the World Vision Austria board of directors, presumably unaware of the director's shady behavior.

Karl's father, Otto von Habsburg, added fuel to the fire by complaining that his son was being unfairly targeted and drawing a comparison between the name Habsburg and a yellow badge. Karl von Habsburg was not nominated by VP for the 1999 elections. Habsburg donated almost $40,000 to the newly established World Vision Austria branch in 2004.

The UNPO Steering Committee nominated him Director-General of UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization) on January 19, 2002.

Karl von Habsburg is one of the co-founders of the Vienna-based investment firm BG Privatinvest. The company purchased the two major Bulgarian daily newspapers, Dneven Trud and 24 Chasa, in December 2010. Following continuous disagreements with its Bulgarian partners, BG Privatinvest sold the newspapers in April 2011.

He has been a shareholder in a media business in the Netherlands that includes a magazine, radio stations, and a music television channel since 2009.

What awards has Karl Von Habsburg won?

National recognition:

Austria-Hungary Sovereign Knight of the Austrian Imperial and Royal Order of the Golden Fleece, House of Habsburg

Austria and Hungary Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Military Order of Maria Theresa, House of Habsburg

Austria-Hungary Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Order of Leopold, Special Class, House of Habsburg

Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Order of the Iron Crown, Special Class, Austria-Hungary House of Habsburg

Austria-Hungary Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Order of Saint George, House of Habsburg

Honors from other countries:

Malta's Sovereign Military Order Knight Grand Cross of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Knight Grand Cross of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Tonga: Special Class Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Household Order

Tonga: King Tupou VI Coronation Medal recipient

Other Interesting Karl Von Habsburg Facts And Trivia

  • Karl's father delegated to him the title of head and sovereign (Grand Master) of the Order of the Golden Fleece on November 2000, and he also became Grand Master of the Order of St. George in 2008.
  • Karl von Habsburg brought an unsuccessful complaint before Austria's constitutional court in 2005 following a failed attempt to recapture former Habsburg family properties.
  • The coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of several royal engagements, including Queen Elizabeth II's forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden have been postponed. Her Majesty was instructed to remain at Buckingham Palace.
  • Karl von Habsburg is the son of Archduke Otto von Habsburg, Crown Prince of Austria, and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen.

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