Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

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Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Karl-Theodor Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg.jpg
Minister of Defence
In office
28 October 2009 – 1 March 2011
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Franz Josef Jung
Succeeded by Thomas de Maizière
Minister for Economics and Technology
In office
10 February 2009 – 27 October 2009
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Michael Glos
Succeeded by Rainer Brüderle
Secretary General of the Christian Social Union
In office
3 November 2008 – 10 February 2009
Leader Horst Seehofer
Preceded by Christine Haderthauer
Succeeded by Alexander Dobrindt
Member of the Bundestag for Kulmbach
In office
22 September 2002 – 3 March 2011
Preceded by Bernd Protzner
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born (1971-12-05) 5 December 1971 (age 46)
Munich, West Germany (now Germany)
Political party Christian Social Union
Spouse(s) Stephanie Gräfin von Bismarck-Schönhausen
Alma mater University of Bayreuth
Religion Roman Catholic

Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg,[1] known as Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, was a German politician. He was born in Munich, Bavaria, on 5 December 1971.

In 2009 he became Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, and after eight months became Federal Minister for Defence on 28 October 2009. He was really popular, but then people found that he cheated during his time at university. The university took away his doctorate, and he decided to resign as a minister on 28 February 2011. On 3 March 2011, he was formally discharged as Minister of Defence and introduced his successor, Dr Thomas de Maizière as the new minister. He resigned as a member of the Bundestag on the same day.

His wife Stephanie zu Guttenberg is a member of the Bismarck family.

References[change | change source]

  1. Entry at WW-Person, the WWW Data base of European nobility