The young Austrian Marlene Engelhorn (29) has known for two years that she will inherit millions. Her grandmother Traudl Engelhorn (94) told Marlene at the time that she would receive part of her fortune. Exactly how much she wants in the Interview with «Vice» Do not tell. The total assets of Traudl Engelhorn are estimated at the equivalent of more than five billion francs.
Only: The 29-year-old can’t really do anything with the money. “I was not happy, but annoyed when I found out about the inheritance,” she says. The money gives her an unbelievable amount of trading leeway, but “it does not conform to my convictions. Nobody should have that much tax-free money and power, ”says Engelhorn.
Reduce the gap between rich and poor
She thought a lot about how she could best use the money. Finally it became clear to her: “I want to make a contribution to society.” You want to fight against the gap between rich and poor. “It helps to share radically.”
Engelhorn says that many rich people donate part of their money, but only to selected organizations. As a wealthy person, you inherit advisors who explain how to best distribute the money in order to save taxes. For Engelhorn one thing is clear: “Is that what you should celebrate for? That is dishonest and madness. “
“I want to work – like everyone else”
She wanted to ensure that the rich and powerful would have to give up a part. The rule often happens “through the back room”. More and more rich people bought their own newspapers or television stations, financed politics and lobby associations. That creates injustices. “We have bundled power and decision-making power with the upper one percent. That’s terrible, ”she says.
Marlene Engelhorn is convinced: Even if she gives away her legacy of millions, it does not make her any worse. «I want to try hard to work. Like everyone else. ” (zis)