One Of Germany's Richest Men Has Disappeared In The Alps

Karl-Erivan Haub, the CEO of the German retail group Tengelmann and one of the richest men in Germany, has disappeared during a routine skiing excursion in the Alps along the Italian-Swiss border, and though an extensive search operation is underway, his family members are fearing the worst.

Haub, who has led the German retail group since his father passed away unexpectedly in March 2000, has been described by family members as an avid Alpine skier. He was vacationing at a ski lodge near the Matterhorn when he didn't show up for a meeting at a hotel in the Zermatti resort after taking a lift up the mountain earlier in the day. His family promptly notified police of his disappearance, per USA Today.


Poor visibility and the threat of an avalanche have hindered the search operation - much to Haub's family's dismay.

Haub was in Switzerland to train for the Patrouille des Glaciers ski race, a popular ski race organized by the Swiss army that was set to begin April 17.

In a letter to Handelsblatt, a German newspaper, the businessman's brother, Christian Haub, wrote that Karl-Erivan was "a very experienced alpinist and skier" and that despite all the time that had elapsed since his disappearance, he hoped his brother would be found.

"Of course our family is prepared for such a situation," Christian Haub said. If Karl-Erivan doesn't return alive, "the business will continue to run smoothly and orderly," Christian Haub promised.

Haub's company, Tengelmann, is a major force in the German retail sector. With 73 holdings generating some €30 billion ($37 billion) in revenue, its owns businesses including hardware store Obi and textile discounter Kik.


Mr. Universe Bubba Rum Das Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:27 Permalink

Sonny got whacked.

Ted Gunderson, now a private investigator, has told the US Globe tabloid that Bono, who served as mayor of Palm Springs for four years, did not die after hitting a tree on a Nevada ski slope in January 1998 as everyone believed.

"It's nonsense for anyone to now try to suggest that Bono died after crashing into a tree. There's zero evidence in this autopsy report... to show such an accident happened. Instead, there's powerful proof he was assassinated.

"This was an evil plot that was carried out to almost perfection by ruthless assassins," Mr Gunderson told the paper.

The former agent, who has been researching Bono's accident for the past decade, said top officials linked to an international drug and weapons ring feared the singer-turned-politician was about to expose their crimes - so they had him killed on the slopes.

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researchfix ShitterFree Fri, 04/13/2018 - 14:11 Permalink

I´ve been there last winter. It is a very high area, top lift goes to 3800 m.

So some slopes are closed sometimes.

But some people, like our formula 1 Schuhmacher, just feel strong to go anywhere.

Seems like Mr. Haub - somehow I remember the name Houb of Armenian ancestry, which is not bad, so why change it - was one of these exceptional skiers.

Stay on the (opened) slope and nothing bad can happen, except attacks from kamikaze skiers.

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PitBullsRule Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:27 Permalink

Here's a little pearl of wisdom, skiing is dangerous as hell. The ice and the trees don't care if you are rich, they will whack the shit out of you just the same.