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Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis (Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel Fürst von Thurn und Taxis;[needs IPA][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]
Albert
Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Prince Albert in 2011
Head of the House of Thurn and Taxis
Period14 December 1990 – present
PredecessorJohannes
Born24 June 1983 (age 38)
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
Biography
Family
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
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
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
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
Titles and styles
Traditional:[4]
Dynastic honours
Calabrian House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Knight Grand Cross of Justice of the Calabrian Two Sicilian Order of Saint George.[9]
Racing record
Complete GT1 World Championship results
YearTeamCar123456789101112131415161718PosPoints
2012Reiter EngineeringLamborghiniNOG
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
18th18
Complete World Rally Championship results
YearEntrantCar1234567891011121314WDCPoints
2018Albert von Thurn und TaxisŠkoda Fabia R5MONSWEMEXFRAARGPORITAFINGER
Ret
TURGBRESPAUSNC0
2019Albert von Thurn und TaxisŠkoda Fabia R5MONSWEMEXFRAARGCHLPORITA
27
FINGERTURGBRESPAUS
C
NC0
2021Albert von Thurn und TaxisŠkoda Fabia R5 EvoMONARC
Ret
CROPORITAKENESTBELGREFINESPJPNNC0
Complete World Rally Championship-3 results
YearEntrantCar123456789101112WDCPoints
2021Albert von Thurn und TaxisŠkoda Fabia R5 EvoMONARC
Ret
CROPORITAKENESTBELGREFINESPJPNNC0
References
  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. ^ "ADAC GT Masters | ADAC Motorsport". www.adac-motorsport.de (in German).
  8. ^ "Albert von Thurn und Taxis - rally profile eWRC-results.com". www.eWRC-results.com.
  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.
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Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
House 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:
Fritz von Thurn und Taxis
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Christian Abt
ADAC GT Masters Champion
2010 with:
Peter Kox
Succeeded by
Dino Lunardi
Alexandros Margaritis
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