To be successful in life, you need to be smart, diligent and lucky. But the most important thing is to have the right nose. I believe this ability is anchored in my genes. My father was already a successful businessman and my mother is no less successful as a real estate agent. During my studies in economics, I realized that the Internet offers huge potential to make a lot of money. I myself have little idea of the technology behind it. But I do have the talent to bring together the right people to implement my ideas. That’s how I and my partners have managed to develop very popular apps within a very short time and to sell the licenses to the big players, i.e. the internet companies, very profitably at the right moment. So I had the right nose and was financially independent in my mid-thirties. I started to enjoy my life to the fullest and travel a lot. On my first trip through Europe I got to know a world that was new for me: Many European cities exude an incomparable fascination with their centuries-old streets, squares and houses – simply beautiful. One feels like in another era, full of fascinating cultural testimonies. It is quite the opposite of the USA, where I was born and grew up. I was most impressed by the many splendid castles and palaces – and the noble families to whom they belonged. I got to know some of the nobles and immediately felt that they had a special aura – a healthy self-confidence combined with the best manners and education. This aura attracted me like a magnet, I wanted to become a part of it. But how? I began to research eagerly what ways there were to make this dream come true. And again I had the right nose, because I came across Mr. Graf von Hessen-Homburg on the Internet and noticed already with the first telephone call that he was exactly the right man for me. He himself was a successful businessman who had acquired a title. So he knew exactly what he was talking about and had discovered the trade with noble titles as a lucrative additional business for himself. That also made him likeable to me. The Count is very well networked, works professionally, efficiently and discreetly and was able to find me exactly the right person within a few months. He is a member of a very traditional German noble family. This person was himself the owner of an old castle, but had difficulties to cope with the enormous maintenance costs. The talks and negotiations that Mr. Graf von Hessen-Homburg and his lawyer conducted on my behalf took some time. But in the end we had a real win-win situation: The Count received a financial injection from me to keep his castle and I was able to fulfil my dream of becoming part of a privileged class. It is almost unbelievable what social impact my title has. All around the globe, new doors are opening, suddenly you are invited to the greatest parties and exclusive events. And I am always met with respect and admiration. I don’t even want to talk about the increased interest of the ladies in me. I can assure you: status symbols like expensive cars or watches are nothing against it! Also in business terms the step has been worthwhile for me. Today I am concentrating on leading innovative start-ups to success as an investor. And with my prestigious name, business runs like clockwork. As I said: What counts is the right nose.
I own several very exclusive boutiques in Moscow. We offer only luxury items of the highest quality. Accordingly, our clientele is usually among the upper classes of society, including many nobles. I have noticed it in myself that I automatically treat aristocrats even more attentively and politely than our other customers. A title like this makes an impression. And to be quite honest, a little envy was also involved. Why were these people granted a privileged life by birth into a noble family? I felt a growing desire to achieve a title of nobility myself. However, I am happily married, so the search for a suitable noble man was out of the question. Since I have relatives in Germany and also speak a little German myself, I finally met Mr. Graf von Hessen-Homburg through a recommendation. He was very helpful and committed and was able to arrange an adoption for me within half a year. Together with his lawyer he also took care of all legal questions, so the procedure was completely uncomplicated for me. The response to my new title was simply overwhelming: since then, customers have been pouring into my boutiques more and more, sales and earnings have increased enormously. But it is much more valuable for me not only to carry the name of a countess, but to be treated like a countess always and everywhere. This makes me very happy and puts a smile on my face every day. For this, the Count of Hessen-Homburg deserves my deepest thanks.
I belong to a family of doctors. My grandfather was a doctor, my father is a doctor – and I am a doctor too. As medical director I run a large clinic in Bavaria. So professionally I am quite successful. And because of my doctorate and habilitation I have carried – academic – titles for many years. Two years ago a title of nobility was added. So far, however, I have not yet made this title public. The reason: it is not the search for public recognition that has prompted me to take this step. It is rather my great passion for German history. Ever since my school days I have been intensively engaged in the highly interesting and intricate ways of the German aristocracy. I am firmly convinced that it has had a decisive and largely positive influence on the country over many centuries. Now I have the honour of belonging to a family about which I have read an infinite amount in books. And with this affiliation I also associate the moral obligation to make a contribution myself. For me, the most important thing in this respect is the demand I make on myself to live up to the dignity, reputation and tradition of this respected family. Whether I will publish my title one day, I do not know yet. But just the possibility gives me a good feeling. I thank Mr. Graf von Hessen-Homburg very much for the extremely professional and discrete handling.
As in most countries, the nobility in China – since the end of the Chinese Empire – has officially no longer enjoyed any privileges. One would think that this applies all the more in our communist People’s Republic. And yet the descendants of the various Chinese dynasties and of the nobility of merit enjoy a high reputation in our country, too. As a result of the enormous economic growth, more and more Chinese are achieving considerable prosperity. I, too, am fortunate enough to be one of those rising stars. For a long time I thought about underlining my advancement with a title of nobility, but the implementation seemed to me to be very difficult. But over some detours I got to know Mr. Graf von Hessen-Homburg. I gladly recommend his services to others. Because he gives competent advice, has a wide range of worldwide contacts and is extremely well-versed in this extraordinary and sensitive business field. I have not regretted my carefully considered decision and am very happy with my new identity. It is not only the higher esteem that one enjoys. In fact, it is also the fact that the name changes you and leads to a new, better awareness.
In the beginning it was just a joke: in my circle of acquaintances there are a few aristocrats. When I had a drink with them a few years ago, they made fun of the fact that I was the only “commoner” among them. I said: “Watch out, I’ll just buy a title and then I’ll be one of you!” Big laugh. But one of them told me later that this was really relatively uncomplicated. I could hardly believe it, but quickly I found the website of Mr. Graf von Hessen-Homburg on the Internet. I called him and he explained the whole procedure to me already on the phone. When he told me the prices, I, as a thrifty Swabian, tipped from my chair. But the subject did not let go of me, I started to think and discussed everything with my family and friends. The reactions to my plan were different, but mostly positive. Finally, I came to my decision: I want to become a nobleman, I’m going to obtain a title. Everything went surprisingly quickly and easily. And the investment has definitely paid off: I never thought before that respect and recognition would be so strongly influenced by a name. Even my noble acquaintances, after initial scepticism, have now accepted me very favourably into their illustrious circle.
As an investment banker, I constantly travel around the world and meet new people every day from a wide variety of areas. Until a year ago I was one of many. This has completely changed due to my aristocratic title, I am now something special. It’s just terrific: Everything works easier, my whole life is more fun, everywhere I go I get more attention. And business is almost like winning the lottery. That’s why I can warmly recommend the title to anyone who can afford it!
I openly admit it: It’s a bit crazy that someone like me has been a member of the old German nobility for a few years now. Because I come from a simple background and many people would probably judge me more as a “roughneck” just because of my appearance even today. And nevertheless, or perhaps just because of this, I can say: The acquisition of the title of nobility was the best decision of my life! I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. My father was a simple factory worker, my mother a hairdresser. Money was always scarce and yet at first I had a happy childhood. Because I had many friends and we loved to go out into nature together, for example to fish or build tree houses. But when I was twelve, the company where my father worked went bankrupt. He quickly found a new, even better paid job – but it was in the big city, in Milwaukee. And although we moved there to a pretty good neighborhood, my childhood was not happy from then on. I didn’t know anybody and it was very difficult for me to get a foothold in the new environment. The other children, some from wealthy families, mocked me as a country bumpkin or “gutter child. These were humiliations that will never be forgotten. So I became an outsider. Even at school things didn’t go so well, I barely managed to graduate from high school. Afterwards I just hung around for a while and took to the bottle more and more often. But one day my father grabbed me by the arm and talked me into the conscience. He said that it would depend entirely on myself whether I would make something out of my life or not – “only you decide whether you want to be a winner or a loser”. I took these words to heart. And I really put my foot down: In my training as a car mechanic, I learned more than anyone else to be better than everyone else. I also repaired countless cars in my spare time on my own account and saved every dollar. In my mid-twenties I was already a workshop manager and in my early thirties I ventured into self-employment. Word soon got around that I had something to offer and business was going better and better. Today I am in my mid-fifties and the proud owner of three car dealerships, four workshops and two gas stations with car wash. I have decided to be a winner. But I realized that something was still missing. Although I have been very wealthy for years, I always had the feeling that fine society did not really appreciate me. Maybe that’s just my imagination, because I worked my way up from the bottom. But I asked myself: How can I manage to make it immediately recognizable for everyone that I am on the winning side? And at some point I came up with it: It’s the name. A title of nobility will make even the most arrogant of people freeze in awe. And so it was. Wherever I am, as soon as people hear my name, they have much more respect for me and treat me with preference – just like a real winner. It does not matter to me in the least that I acquired the title by adoption, on the basis of a contractual agreement. What counts is the result. I am proud of my title, because I have worked hard for it. And my wife and my two children feel the same way. They carry their new name with pride and dignity and will pass it on to their children.