I grew up very sheltered in the small town of Freudenberg am Main/Germany, a city with about 4,000 inhabitants near Würzburg. I was born on 08.10.1985 in Wertheim am Main. As an absolute dream child I enjoyed a very good education and was spoiled by my parents when I was young. My father was the mayor of the town and so as children and teenagers my younger sister and I were always „under observation“. That was not easy for me at that time, although always part of my everyday life.
My parents are both from extended families, both have five siblings each and I have over 20 cousins. At Christmastime something going with us. When I was a child I often visited my grandparents‘ farm and even today I keep in touch with my aunts and uncles. My grandparents have unfortunately passed away in the meantime. My family is the absolutely most important thing in my life and for me a haven of tranquility. They ground me after my business trips, during which I often travel to exotic countries, deal with different people and cultures and often move in high society. In order to let my parents participate in my travels, I always bring them something typicalof the country.
As a teenager I didn‘t really take school seriously. I cheated my wayt hrough it, even wrote off some things and once I even stayed down a year for French. Today I find this especially funny, because for professional reasons I need the language again and I‘m getting along with it quite well. I passed my A-level at a commercial high school and with a “lap of honor”, I was never a good student. In my opinion, this shows that the achievements at school have nothing to do with the later professional or private success.