Friday, April 13, 2007

Biography of Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein

Hans-Adam II (Johannes Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko d'Aviano Pius von und zu Liechtenstein, styled HSH The Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein; born February 14, 1945, Zurich), is the son of Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1906-1989) and his wife Countess Georgina von Wilczek (1921-1989). He also bears the titles Duke of Troppau and Jägerndorf, Count of Rietberg.

The Prince of Liechtenstein has sweepingly broad powers; a referendum to adopt Hans-Adam's revision of the constitution to expand his powers passed in 2003. The changes also included a republican option, whereby the Prince was henceforth formally barred from vetoing any bill to establish a republic. In addition, the right to secede for the parishes which make up the Principality was recognized. Prince Hans-Adam had threatened that he and his family would move to Austria if the referendum had failed. Despite opposition from Mario Frick, a former Prime Minister, the Prince's referendum motion was carried by the electorate.
On 15 August 2004 Prince Hans-Adam II formally turned the power of making day-to-day governmental decisions over to his son Prince Alois, as a way of transitioning to a new generation. Formally, Hans-Adam remains Head of State.
Prince Hans-Adam owns LGT banking group and has a personal fortune of more than £2 billion ($3.9 billion USD). He owns an extensive art collection, a part of which is on display for the public in museums in Vaduz and in Vienna, Austria. In December 2006 he was reported to be one of the worlds richest heads of state.

Personal life Hans-Adam's mother tongue is German but he is also fluent in English, French and Italian.
On 30 July 1967 at Vaduz, Liechtenstein, he married his cousin Marie Aglaë, Countess Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (born 1940).
Their children are:
Hereditary Prince Alois (b. 11 June 1968)

Prince Maximilian Nikolaus Maria (b. 16 May 1969)

Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria (b. 15 March 1972)

Princess Tatjana Nora Maria (b. 10 April 1973)

The Prince is an honorary member of K.D.St.V. Nordgau Prag Stüttgart, a Catholic students' fraternity that is a member of the Cartellverband der katholischen deutschen Studentenverbindungen.