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Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach

German socialite
The basics
Date of birth Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany
Date of death May 08, 1986
Father: Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
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Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach (24 January 1938 – 8 May 1986) was a German heir and the last member of the Krupp dynasty.


The son of Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach {1907-1967} and Anneliese {Bahr} Lampert {1909-1998} {married 1937-divorced 1941}; Arndt von Bohlen, Lutheran by birth and tradition, famously waived his inheritance in 1966 and thus was no longer the owner of the company Friedrich Krupp AG. Instead, his father created the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation. However, Arndt agreed with receiving a yearly appanage of 2 million DM. Because he waived his inheritance, he was also not allowed to use the family name Krupp, which was reserved to the sole inheritor of the family business.

Despite being notoriously homosexual, like his great-grandfather Friedrich Alfred Krupp, on 14 February 1969, he married Princess Henriette von Auersperg, the daughter of Prince Alois von Auersperg and the Countess Henrietta Larisch von Möennich. The couple had no children. Owing to generous compensation and appanage Arndt was able to live the jet-set life, flying constantly between Miami and Marrakesh. In 1982, he converted from Lutheran Protestantism to the Roman Catholic faith.

At the age of 48 - having been an alcoholic for a long time - he died in the Klinikum Großhadern in Munich of jaw cancer. He was deeply in debt.

In his book LIFE, Keith Richards stated that Arndt was a regular party companion in Marrakech.

He died 399 years after the arrival of his namesake Arndt Krupp, the founder of the Krupp family, in Essen in 1587.


  • "That's the last thing I need"—when asked if he ever thought of working.


  • Kammertöns, Hanns-Bruno (1998) Der letzte Krupp (in German). Hamburg: Hoffmann & Campe. ISBN 3-455-11188-2


  • Bernard Baumgarten (choreographer): Pseudo-Krupp, ein Tanzstück. Date of premiere: October 2, 2001 at the Theatre d’Esch in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
  • Luchino Visconti (director): Die Verdammten (The Damned), movie 1969, with Helmut Berger as "Martin von Essenbeck". His character is based on Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach. The screenplay was nominated for an Oscar in 1970.
  • Carlo Rola (director): Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie (Krupp - A German Family). (German miniseries) Nikolai Kinski plays the young Arndt von Bohlen-Halbach.
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