It caused a sensation in the international public opinion that the 81-year-old Australian media magnate, Rupert Murdochdecided to take divorce from 66-year-old Jerry Hall. It seems like a similar one divorce is ongoing in Germany, as, as reported by Deutsche Welleafter 30 years of married life o publisher, Hubert Burda, and Maria Furtwengler, 27 years his juniorthey follow different paths.
As a Furtwängler representative announced on Monday, “the two have been going their separate ways for some time now. But they will maintain friendly and family ties, among other things for the sake of the children.”
The couple has a 32-year-old son, who is involved in new technology businesses, and a 30-year-old daughter, who excels as a musician under the name Kerfor.
Two strong personalities
In Germany Hubert Burda is considered one of the most powerful names in publishing, as it has around 600 titles and trademarks, including its German version Ellathe “magazine of surnames” Buntebut also the weekly news magazine Focus. Over the past 50 years, many have tried to launch a magazine that can compete with the legendary DER SPIEGEL, but Burda is the only one who can claim to have succeeded with Focus, at least in terms of the publication’s commercial value and market share. take off in the advertising market.
However, unlike Murdoch, Burda prefers a conservative financial management, without bank loans and with his magazines remaining 100% “family property”, to this day.
Maria Furtwengler is also considered an extremely dynamic personality. Coming from a family with a tradition in the fine arts, she is the daughter of the actress Kathryn Ackerman and related to the famous chief musician Wilhelm Furtwängler. She first appeared in front of the camera at the age of seven, in a film directed by her uncle, Florian Furtwängler. She herself studied Medicine and for a short time worked as a doctor in Munich, but she was quickly won over by acting and to this day stars in popular family and detective series.
The “power couple” of Burda publications
Hubert Burda and Maria Furtwengler had a special presence in Munich society, as a “bright” and dynamic couple with intense social action in the fight against cancer, but also the prevention of domestic violence. “Power Couple” even today the magazine Bunte of the publications …Burda calls them. “They were one of the most famous, branded couples,” writes the Bavarian newspaper Kurier, noting that “until today they have always kept their family life out of the public eye».
In 2003, Maria Furtwengler was awarded the Order of the Federal Order of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) for her support of the NGO “Doctors for the Third World”. In 2016, together with her daughter, she founded the MaLisa foundation, which develops international actions to combat violence against women, as well as traditional “clichés” about the role of women in the media.
Source: News Beast