A German courtroom on Friday formally declared billionaire Karl-Erivan Haub lifeless, greater than three years after the top of retail group Tengelmann went lacking within the Swiss Alps.
Haub, who was 58, was coaching for a ski mountaineering race when he disappeared below Switzerland”s well-known Matterhorn peak, positioned on the southern border with Italy.
He was final seen on the morning of April 7, 2018, as he headed up a mountain elevate with skis and a daypack, and was reported lacking to police the next morning after he failed to indicate up at his lodge within the Swiss resort of Zermatt.
Haub’s household gave up hope of discovering him alive after per week and the seek for him was formally known as off in October 2018.
In current months, there have been media studies elevating doubts concerning the dying of the skilled skier. Nonetheless, the district courtroom in Cologne the place Haub lived didn’t discover them to be provable.
“Opinions on the contrary introduced on the file are based mostly on prospects, assumptions and non-verifiable paperwork,” the courtroom said. They don’t seem to be ample “to take away the intense doubts concerning the continued existence of the lacking individual”.
The courtroom mentioned it was happy by the proof and it has now formally declared him lifeless, with a time of dying as midnight on April 7, 2018.
Household dispute over energy within the firm
Erivan Haub, the previous patriarch of the Tengelmann Group and Karl-Erivan’s father, died the month earlier than that on 6 March 2018 in Pinedale, Wyoming, USA on the age of 85.
Karl-Erivan’s youthful brother Christian took over sole administration of Tengelmann on 17 April 2018. The 2 had run Tengelmann collectively since 2000.
Since then there’s been a household dispute over the redistribution of energy within the multi-billion greenback retail group, which incorporates the textile discounter Kik and the ironmongery shop chain Obi.
The Tengelmann Group had belonged to Karl-Erivan Haub, present boss Christian Haub and their different brother Georg Haub. Christian, Georg and the household companies utilized for Karl-Erivan to be declared lifeless in October final yr. Georg Haub, nonetheless, withdrew his utility in mid-January.
The appliance for a declaration of dying was initially sharply criticized by Karl-Erivan’s spouse Katrin Haub. In early 2021, she modified her thoughts and joined the applying alongside along with her youngsters.
Then in April, the heirs of Karl-Erivan Haub lastly agreed to promote their shares in Tengelmann Warenhandels-KG to Christian Haub.
The legal professionals for both aspect, Mark Binz and Peter Gauweiler, mentioned there had been “very robust negotiations”. They intention to “notarize and execute the agreed share buy in Might”.
The legal professionals didn’t present any details about the acquisition worth. Nonetheless, in accordance with his lawyer, Christian Haub had already submitted a suggestion of 1.1 billion euros for the corporate shares of his lacking brother on the finish of final yr. The auditing firm KPMG estimated an organization worth of round 4 billion euros.
An attraction towards the choice of the courtroom may be lodged inside one month. Along with the candidates, everybody “who has a authorized curiosity within the annulment of the declaration of dying or within the correction of the time of dying” is entitled to take action, in accordance with the choice.
Karl-Erivan Haub was born on March 2, 1960 in Tacoma, Washington and was a German-U.S. twin citizen.