Thyssen family

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The Thyssen family [1] has notable members, all of whom descend from Friedrich Thyssen, who have established steel works, elevators and escalators, industrial conglomerates, banks, and art collections - Thyssen AG, ThyssenKrupp and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Originating from Germany, family members have taken up residence in various countries.



The Thyssen family traces its origins to Isaak Lambert Thyssen (c. 1685–1773) who lived near Aachen in Germany. Isaak's first marriage to Johanna Wirtz produced a son Nikolaus Thyssen, who married and had a son of the same name, and he a son named Friedrich (1804–1877). Friedrich, a banker and wire producer, married his cousin Katharina Thyssen in 1838 and had two sons, August and Joseph.

August Thyssen founded the Thyssen Steel conglomerate and with wife Hedwig Pelzer had three children: Fritz, Heinrich, and Hedwig. August's brother Joseph assisted him in his business and with his wife Klara Bagel had two children: Julius and Hans.

Isaak Thyssen
Johanna Wirtz
Nikolaus Thyssen
Anna Maria Hungs
Nikolaus Thyssen
Christine Nellessen
Friedrich Thyssen
Katharina Thyssen
Hedwig Pelzer
August Thyssen
Joseph Thyssen
Klara Bagel
Fritz Thyssen
Heinrich Freiherr

Hedwig Thyssen
Julius Thyssen
Hans Thyssen

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Fritz Thyssen

Fritz Thyssen, 1928 Bundesarchiv Bild 102-06788, Fritz Thyssen.jpg
Fritz Thyssen, 1928

Fritz Thyssen (1873-1951) was head of the Thyssen mining and steelmaking company and founder of Vereinigte Stahlwerke AG, the biggest mining and steel cartel in the world prior to World War II. He was an early supporter of the Nazi Party, though this ended in 1938. He was found a "lesser offender" in the denazification tribunals after the war. In 1953 Vereinigte Stahlwerke AG was refounded as Thyssen AG, and with participation of his widow and daughter, merged with KruppHoesch to become ThyssenKrupp AG in 1997.

Fritz was married in 1900 to Amalie Zurhelle (1877-1965); the couple had a single child, Anna.

  • Friedrich-August aka Federico Augusto Count Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1937-2014), he and his brother Claudio sold their remaining 16,6% in Thyssen AG in 1995; wed firstly 1960 Alayde Mutzenbecher (1943-), divorced; wed secondly 1976 Maria Stella Fratta Silvero (1950-), divorced 1984; wed thirdly 1987 Maria Inés Sellarés (1952-), divorced 1989; and wed fourthly 2002 Laura Arce (1958-)
  • Alejandro Augusto Count Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1961-),
  • Katarina Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1996-)
  • Julia Pavlina Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (2004-)
  • Marcia Amelia Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1963-), wed 1987 Felipe de La Balze, divorced
  • Claudia Caroline Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1966-)
  • Federico Julian Ladislao Count Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1978-), wed 2005 Carolina Valenzuela (1977-)
  • Federico Ladislao Count Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (2006-)
  • Gabriel Federico Count Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1988-)
  • Claudio Count Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1942-), wed firstly 1963 Elsa Barcellos (1944-), divorced 1980; wed secondly 1980 Christina Llacer (1960-)
  • Anna Christina Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1964-), wed 1985 Alejandro Moreno (1963-) with issue: Alejandro Moreno, Sophia Moreno, Bianca Moreno
  • Isabel Luise Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1966-), wed 1994 Philippe Franck Alexis Chiroussot-Chambeaux (1965-) with issue: Alexa Marianne Chiroussot-Chambeaux (1997-), Hélène Chiroussot-Chambeaux (1999-) and Nicolas Chiroussot-Chambeaux (2003-)
  • Claudio Eduardo Count Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1971-), wed Florencia Badino (1973-) with issue:
  • Tomas Count Zichy-Thyssen (2001-)
  • Maximiliano Count Zichy-Thyssen (2006-)
  • Emilia Countess Zichy-Thyssen (2010-)
  • Augusto Count Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1974-), wed Maria Eugenia de Andrade (1975-) with issue:
  • Matias Count Zichy-Thyssen (2008-)
  • Felipe Count Zichy-Thyssen (2010-)
  • Cynthie Janine Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1981-)
  • Yasmine Kristen Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1984-)
  • Amelie Justine Countess Zichy-Thyssen de Zich et Vásonykeö (1987-), with issue: Shiloh J. Gort, Kalaya C. Gort, and Hezekiah M. Gort

Heinrich Thyssen

Heinrich Freiherr Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva (1875-1947), refused to participate in the Vereinigte Stahlwerke AG of his brother Fritz in 1926 and founded his own enterprise, including his father's foreign investments and some German companies apart from the Thyssen steelworks: August Thyssensche Unternehmungen des In- und Auslandes GmbH, today TBG (Thyssen-Bornemisza Group) Holdings N.V., wed 1stly 1906 Margit Freiin Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva (1887-1971), divorced 1932 with issue; wed 2ndly 1932 Else (Maud) Zarske adopted Feller (1909-), divorced 1937 without issue; wed 3rdly 1937 Gunhild von Fabrice (1908-2008), divorced 1945 without issue

  • Johann Ladislaus Heinrich Maria Count Batthyány de Német-Ujvar (1934-1967)
  • Robert Heinrich Maria Count Batthyány de Német-Ujvar (1935-), wed 1966 Christine Riechert (1938-)
  • Tatiana Christina Maria Countess Batthyány de Német-Ujvar (1968-), wed 1993 Konrad Count von Waldersee (1957-) (sixth grandson in male line of Leopold III, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau), with issue: Heinrich Count von Waldersee (1996-), Laura Countess von Waldersee (1998-) and László Count von Waldersee (2000-)
  • Iván Christof Count Batthyány de Német-Ujvar (1979-), wed 2009 Carolin Nauber
Coat of arms of Hans Heinrich, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza Coat of Arms of Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (Order of Charles III).svg
Coat of arms of Hans Heinrich, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza
  • Baroness Anita Tanya Thyssen DeCoste (1958-2019), wed firstly Andrew Rothschild (1977-1990), wed secondly to Christopher DeCoste (1954-2020), had two children, Baron Jarod Kenneth Wilhelm Thyssen DeCoste (1999), and Baroness Magdelene Thyssen DeCoste (2001). The majority of their holdings are now kept in DeCoste Biotechnological Engineering (2018), founded by Baron Jarod Kenneth Wilhelm Thyssen DeCoste.
  • Baron Jarod Kenneth Wilhelm Thyssen DeCoste, presides over current estate.
  • 1st marriage 1946-50 with Princess Maria Theresa Amalia of Lippe-Weissenfeld (1925-), with issue (a son that the alleged biological father is their brother-in-law Count Iván Batthyány de Német-Ujvar) :
  • Georg Heinrich, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva, aka "Heini Junior" (1950-), chairman of TBG, who has one son by Catharina Eleonore Countess von Meran-Brandhofen (1967-)
  • Simon Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva (2001-)
  • Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva (1963-) converted to Islam, wed Alexandra Wright, with issue:
  • Baroness Julia Thyssen-Bornemisza (2006-)
  • 4th marriage 1967-84 with Denise Shorto (1942-), with issue:
  • Baron Wilfried Alexander August Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva (1974-)
  • 5th marriage 1985 with María del Carmen Rosario Soledad "Tita" Cervera Fernández de la Guerra (1943-)
  • Borja Thyssen-Bornemisza (1980-) (Tita's natural son, adopted by his stepfather Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza) wed 2007 Blanca Cuesta, with issue:
  • Sacha Thyssen-Bornemisza (2008-)
  • Eric Thyssen-Bornemisza (2010-)

Hedwig Thyssen

Hedwig Thyssen (1878-1950), wed firstly 1899 Ferdinand Freiherr von Neufforge (1869-1942), divorced 1908; wed secondly 1908 Maximilian (Max) Freiherr von Berg (1859-1924), separated; with issue, three daughters and a natural son (this last who used his mother's maiden name)

  • Dagmar Baroness von Berg (1919-), wed firstly 1954 Joseph Graf von Ledebur-Wicheln (1899-1963); wed secondly 1967 Juan Manuel de Celorrio (1920-)
  • Carlos Count von Ledebur-Wicheln (1954-), wed 1981 Claudia di Baja (1956-), with issue: Alexandra Countess von Ledebur-Wicheln (1982-), Dominique Countess von Ledebur-Wicheln (1985-), Patrick Count von Ledebur-Wicheln (1989-) and Maximilian Count von Ledebur-Wicheln (1998-)
  • Huberto Count von Ledebur-Wicheln (1956-), wed 1994 Maria Alejandra Mettler, with issue: Maria Victoria Countess von Ledebur-Wicheln (1995-) and José Igneus Count von Ledebur-Wicheln (1998-)
  • Attila Orgoványi-Hanstein (1946-1987), wed Britta Winternitz (1941-), with issue:
  • Ildikó Orgoványi-Hanstein (1951-), wed 1983, as his third wife (divorced 1990) to Antal Baron Lipthay de Kisfalud et Lubelle (1946-; whose children, by this marriage, adopted the Freiherren von Berg name)
  • Christoph Freiherr von Berg (1983-)
  • Antonia Freiin von Berg (1986-)
  • Valentin Freiherr von Berg (1986-)

Julius and Hans

Julius Thyssen (1881–1946)

Hans Thyssen (1890–1943)


  1. During the final days of World War II, on 24 March 1945, she hosted a party for SS officers, Gestapo leaders, Nazi Youth, and local collaborators at the Thyssen's castle at Rechnitz during which 200 Jews were slaughtered. Whether Margit herself personally killed anyone at the party is disputed. [2]

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