NewsEngelhorn-Vechiatto is dead: granddaughter Marlene Engelhorn will inherit millions

Engelhorn-Vechiatto is dead: granddaughter Marlene Engelhorn will inherit millions

Created: 09/28/2022, 4:48 p.m

Marlene Engelhorn
Million heiress Marlene Engelhorn considers paying taxes to be the most democratic thing of all. © Lorena Sendic Silvera

Marelne Engelhorn’s grandmother Traudl Engelhorn-Vechiatto died at the age of 94. This means that the inheritance occurs.

Geneva – Traudl Engelhorn-Vechiatto, grandmother of heiress Marlene Engelhorn, has died at the age of 94. The Mannheimer Morgen was the first to report on this. She last lived on Lake Geneva and “passed away with a sigh”. The publishing bookseller and editor married Peter Engelhorn, a great-grandson of BASF founder Friedrich Engelhorn, in 1955.

Her husband was an important partner in the pharmaceutical company Boehringer-Mannheim and was the chairman of the supervisory board for many years. Through the sale of the Boehringer Mannheim shares to Roche in 1997, Engelhorn-Vechiatto was awarded several billion euros – most recently she was ranked 687th on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.

Traudl Engelhorn-Vechiatto is dead: granddaughter Marlene will inherit

Now the inheritance will occur. This means that Marlene Engelhorn will inherit her late grandmother’s fortune. Until recently, it was still unclear how high the exact sum is. The heiress would like to give up 90 percent of the money. In doing so, it expressly distances itself from the “donation habitus”. With her taxmenow initiative, Marlene Engelhorn is committed to fair taxation of rich people. It is problematic when wealthy people can decide what is important and where money is put into it.

Among other things, she calls for the reintroduction of the wealth tax for assets in the millions and billions, which is suspended in Germany, for example. Inheritance tax must also be reintroduced in Austria. In an interview with, Engelhorn said: “It cannot be the case that self-appointed elites develop in a democracy. For me it is not a question of why I give it away or not. It is a cheek that it is not taxed and made available to the public purse.”

Marlene Engelhorn wants to give up her inheritance

All of this has nothing to do with “taking something away”, according to the millionaire heiress. There is a structural imbalance. “I don’t understand why rich people’s faces fall off when they pay taxes. I think that’s the most democratic thing of all and something to be proud of. This finances everything that guarantees the structures of our public life,” said Engelhorn. (Moritz Serif)

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