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Hans Fugger

Hans Fugger

German businessman (1531-1598)
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German businessman (1531-1598)
A.K.A. Johannes Fugger, Johann Fugger, Freiherr von Kirchberg und Weissenhorn
Countries Germany
Occupations Merchant
Gender male
Birth 4 September 1531 (Augsburg)
Death 15 April 1598 (Kirchheim in Schwaben)
Star sign Virgo
Mother: Anna Fugger
Father: Anton Fugger
Siblings: Markus FuggerJakob III Fugger
Spouse: Elisabeth Fugger
Children: Marx Fugger von Kirchberg-WeissenhornJakob Fugger Anna Maria FuggerChristoph Fugger von Glött
Hans Fugger
The details

Hans Fugger von der Lilie, full name Hans, Freiherr Fugger, Herr zu Kirchheim, Glött, Mickhausen, Stettenfels und Schmiechen, (4 September 1531 - 19 April 1598; buried in Kirchheim in Schwaben) was a German arts patron, businessman and politician of the Fugger family.


Epitaph of Hans Fugger, St. Peter and Paul, Kirchheim in Swabia

He was the second son of Anton Fugger (1493–1560) and Anna Rehlinger. As befitted the family's new standing, he and his brothers Marx (1529–1597), Hieronimus (1533–1573) and Jakob (1542–1598) received a cultural and philosophical education as well as a mercantile one. Throughout his life Hans served the family's commercial interests in different areas, ranging from the Netherlands to Spain to his native Augsburg.

After his father Anton's death in 1560 he and his brothers managed the now-substantial family estates and business together. In 1573 the brothers divided the business up between them, with Hans getting (among others) the lands in Kirchheim, Glött, Burg Stettenfels and Duttenstein. In 1583 Hans and his brothers had their lands made Imperial States in the Schwäbischen Reichsgrafenkollegium and raised to Kreisstand status in the Swabian Imperial Circle. On his brother Marx's death in 1597, Hans was elected head of the whole Fugger business.

Hans was a great patron of the arts, partly to impress his business clients, showing off his collections in his Burg Stettenfels, the Fuggerschloss Kirchheim and what are now known as the Badstuben in the Fuggerhäuser in Augsburg. His correspondence is also to be found in cartularys now in the Fuggerarchiv in Dillingen an der Donau - precises of these have recently been made available.

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