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Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau

Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau Journalist, author

Journalist, author
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Intro Journalist, author
A.K.A. Alexander Georg Graf von Schönburg-Glauchau
Is Journalist Author Writer
From Germany
Type Journalism Literature
Gender male
Birth 15 August 1969, Mogadishu, Somalia
Age: 50 years
Star sign LeoLeo
Family
Mother: Countess Beatrix Széchényi
Father: Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
Siblings: Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
Children: Valentin Polycarp Graf von Schönburg-Glauchau
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Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau (born August 15, 1969), known professionally as Alexander von Schönburg, is a German journalist and writer. He is the current head of the comital branch of the princely House of Schönburg.

Early life and family

Alexander was born in 1969 in Mogadishu, Somalia to parents Joachim, Count von Schönburg-Glauchau, and his first wife, Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék. He is the youngest of four children from this marriage, after siblings Maya (b. 1958), Gloria (b. 1960), and Carl-Alban (b. 1966). Their parents divorced in 1986. Afterwards, Alexander's father married Ursula Zwicker, and their union produced a daughter, Anabel Maya-Felicitas.

During the second half of the 1960s, Alexander's father's profession as a foreign correspondent took the family to Togo. They later moved to Somalia, returning to Germany to live in 1970. The family thereafter resided in Meckenheim, in the Rhineland. Following the reunification of Germany in 1990, Alexander's father reclaimed the family's possessions in Saxony which had been taken from them after World War II. In later years, he was elected to the Bundestag.

Alexander's sisters, Maya and Gloria, famously wed wealthy trend setters: Maya was married to art patron Mick Flick until their divorce in 1993, while Gloria's husband was Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, until his death in 1990. His father's younger brother, Count Rudolf ("Rudi", born 1932), wed Princess Marie Louise of Prussia (born 1945) in 1971, and succeeded Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg as director of the Marbella Club Hotel, an aristocratic resort.

Activities as journalist and writer

By 1999, Alexander von Schönburg was widely known as a member of one of the so-called popular culture quintuplets, with Christian Kracht, Eckhart Nickel, Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre and Joachim Bessing. He worked as a freelance journalist and was featured in such publications as Esquire, Die Zeit, the Swiss periodical Die Weltwoche, and Vogue.

He was editor in chief of lifestyle magazine Park Avenue in 2005. In 2006, he left this position, being replaced by Andreas Petzold. He continues to write as a columnist and German correspondent for Vanity Fair and the Bild-Zeitung, among others.

He has authored several books in German, including the 2005 best seller Die Kunst des stilvollen Verarmens ("The Art of Growing Poor Stylishly"), in which he discussed the lessons of dearth after years of decadence. Some of his other book titles read in English are "Encyclopedia of Superfluous Things" and "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kings, But Were Afraid to Ask".

Dynastic activities

In 1995, his older brother, Carl-Alban, married a commoner and formally renounced his rights of dynastic succession. Alexander thereby became the recognized successor to his father's familial headship. Upon the death of their father in 1998, he became head of the comital branch of the formerly sovereign House of Schönburg.

As a member of the House of Schönburg, Alexander is historically entitled to the style of address Illustrious Highness. Although German law ceased recognition of the status or styles of noble houses in 1919, historical titles henceforth became their legal surnames.

Marriage and children

On April 30, 1999 Alexander married Princess Irina of Hesse (b. 1971, Munich, Bavaria), in a civil ceremony in Berlin. They were married religiously in Heusenstamm, Hesse on May 29, 1999. The new Countess of Schönburg-Glauchau was born Princess Irina, the second child of Prince Karl Adolf Andreas of Hesse (b. 1937, Berlin) and his Hungarian wife, Countess Yvonne Szapáry von Muraszombath, Széchysziget und Szapár (b. 1944, Budapest). Irina's grandparents were Prince Christoph of Hesse and his wife Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, elder sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Elizabeth II. She is a second cousin of Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse.

The couple have three children:

  • Countess Maria-Letitia Jolanta (b. 2001)
  • Count Maximus Carolus Joachim Maria (b. 2003, Berlin)
  • Count Valentin Polykarp Josef Maria (b. 2005, Berlin)

Though descended from Queen Victoria through her granddaughter Princess Margaret of Prussia, Landgravine of Hesse, Irina and her children are excluded from succession to the British throne because they are Roman Catholic.

Notable published works

  • Das Beste vom Besten. Ein Almanach der feinen Lebensart (mit Reinhard Haas und Axel Thorer). Econ, Düsseldorf 1989, ISBN 978-3-430-13733-1
  • No. 1. Die besten Seiten des Lebens von A–Z (mit Reinhard Haas und Axel Thorer). Econ, Düsseldorf ISBN 978-3-612-26037-6
  • In Bruckners Reich. Erzählung. In: Christian Kracht (Hrsg.): Mesopotamia. Ernste Geschichten am Ende des Jahrtausends. DVA, Stuttgart 1999, ISBN 978-3-421-05191-2
  • Tristesse Royale: Das popkulturelle Quintett mit Joachim Bessing, Christian Kracht, Eckhart Nickel, Alexander v. Schönburg und Benjamin v. Stuckrad-Barre, hrsg. von Joachim Bessing. Ullstein, Berlin 1999, ISBN 978-3-548-31226-2
  • Karriere. Theaterstück. Hannover, 2001
  • Der fröhliche Nichtraucher. Wie man gut gelaunt mit dem Rauchen aufhört. Rowohlt Taschenbuch, Reinbek 2003, ISBN 978-3-499-61660-0
  • Die Kunst des stilvollen Verarmens. Wie man ohne Geld reich wird. Rowohlt Berlin, Berlin 2005, ISBN 978-3-87134-520-3
  • Lexikon der überflüssigen Dinge. Rowohlt Berlin, Berlin 2006, ISBN 978-3-87134-543-2
  • Alles was Sie schon immer über Könige wissen wollten aber nie zu fragen wagten. Rowohlt Berlin, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-87134-604-0

Ancestry

16. Count Karl of Schönburg-Forderglauchau
16. Count Karl of Schönburg-Forderglauchau
8. Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and Waldenburg
17. Countess Adelheid of Rechteren-Limpurg
4. Carl, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and Waldenburg
18. Bohuslav, Count Chotek of Chotkow and Wognin
9. Countess Oktavia Chotek of Chotkowa and Wognin
19. Countess Wilhelmine Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
2. Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
20. Count Adam Baworów-Baworowski
10. Count Rudolf Baworów-Baworowski
21. Countess Franziska of Hardegg auf Glatz and Machlande
5. Countess Maria Anna Baworów-Baworowska
22. Count Victor Paul Chorinsky, Freiherr von Ledske
11. Countess Franziska Anna Chorinsky
23. Countess Anna of Trautmansdorff-Weinsberg
1. Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
24. Count István Széchenyi
12. Count Ödön Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsövidék
25. Countess Crescência of Seilern and Aspang
6. Count Valentin Széchényi of Sárvár-Felsővidék
26. Gregoriu Christopoulos
13. Eulalia Christopoulos
27. Eufrosyne Caravas
3. Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék
28. Prince Pavel Galitzine
14. Prince Paul Pavlovich Galitzine
29. Princess Ekaterina Trubetskoy
7. Princess Maria Galitzine
30. Prince Nikolai Petrovich Mestschersky
15. Princess Alexandra Nikolajewna Mestscherskaya
31. Countess Maria Alexandrowna Panina
16. Count Karl of Schönburg-Forderglauchau
8. Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and Waldenburg
17. Countess Adelheid of Rechteren-Limpurg
4. Carl, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and Waldenburg
18. Bohuslav, Count Chotek of Chotkow and Wognin
9. Countess Oktavia Chotek of Chotkowa and Wognin
19. Countess Wilhelmine Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
2. Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
20. Count Adam Baworów-Baworowski
10. Count Rudolf Baworów-Baworowski
21. Countess Franziska of Hardegg auf Glatz and Machlande
5. Countess Maria Anna Baworów-Baworowska
22. Count Victor Paul Chorinsky, Freiherr von Ledske
11. Countess Franziska Anna Chorinsky
23. Countess Anna of Trautmansdorff-Weinsberg
1. Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
24. Count István Széchenyi
12. Count Ödön Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsövidék
25. Countess Crescência of Seilern and Aspang
6. Count Valentin Széchényi of Sárvár-Felsővidék
26. Gregoriu Christopoulos
13. Eulalia Christopoulos
27. Eufrosyne Caravas
3. Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék
28. Prince Pavel Galitzine
14. Prince Paul Pavlovich Galitzine
29. Princess Ekaterina Trubetskoy
7. Princess Maria Galitzine
30. Prince Nikolai Petrovich Mestschersky
15. Princess Alexandra Nikolajewna Mestscherskaya
31. Countess Maria Alexandrowna Panina
8. Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and Waldenburg
17. Countess Adelheid of Rechteren-Limpurg
4. Carl, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and Waldenburg
18. Bohuslav, Count Chotek of Chotkow and Wognin
9. Countess Oktavia Chotek of Chotkowa and Wognin
19. Countess Wilhelmine Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
2. Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
20. Count Adam Baworów-Baworowski
10. Count Rudolf Baworów-Baworowski
21. Countess Franziska of Hardegg auf Glatz and Machlande
5. Countess Maria Anna Baworów-Baworowska
22. Count Victor Paul Chorinsky, Freiherr von Ledske
11. Countess Franziska Anna Chorinsky
23. Countess Anna of Trautmansdorff-Weinsberg
1. Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
24. Count István Széchenyi
12. Count Ödön Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsövidék
25. Countess Crescência of Seilern and Aspang
6. Count Valentin Széchényi of Sárvár-Felsővidék
26. Gregoriu Christopoulos
13. Eulalia Christopoulos
27. Eufrosyne Caravas
3. Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék
28. Prince Pavel Galitzine
14. Prince Paul Pavlovich Galitzine
29. Princess Ekaterina Trubetskoy
7. Princess Maria Galitzine
30. Prince Nikolai Petrovich Mestschersky
15. Princess Alexandra Nikolajewna Mestscherskaya
31. Countess Maria Alexandrowna Panina

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