Capital: € 100 million
Age: 76
Born: June 18, 1943
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Entrepreneurs
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (born June 18, 1943 in Kreuznach, Germany) is a German-American businessman who is known as the last husband and widower of Zsa Zsa Gabor. In 1980 he took on his new name after Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt adopted him as an adult.

Early life

Hans Lichtenberg was born in Kreuznach in the Rhineland as one of five children. His parents were Ferdinand and Barbara Lichtenberg. Prince von Anhalt claims that his father was the chief of police in Frankfurt. He was trained as a baker and worked in the central market halls, later he ran several sauna clubs in the Württemberg region.


In 1980, at the age of 36, Lichtenberg was adopted as an adult by Marie-Auguste von Anhalt (1898-1983), then in the eighties. Her first husband was Joachim, the son of the former German Emperor Wilhelm II. After his adoption, Lichtenberg’s name became “Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt”, although “Prinz” is part of the legal family name in Germany and not a prince’s title. Former royal and aristocratic titles in Germany, which were all abolished at the time, can only be used legally since 1919 as part of registered, legal surnames. Although Prince of Anhalt has no claim to royal or aristocratic heritage, he describes himself as “Prince Frédéric of Anhalt, Duke of Saxony and Westphalia, Count of Ascania”. Some reports state that Prince of Anhalt claims to have been a childhood friend of Marie Auguste’s only biological child, Karl Franz (1916-1975), and that the grieving mother kindly adopted him and adopted him as “Prince” and “Duke of Saxony” “Called”. However, British press reports indicate that Marie Auguste was bankrupt and that the adoption was a business transaction that was allegedly initiated by Hans Hermann Weyer, a former window dresser who was appointed Bolivia’s honorary consul in Luxembourg. Weyer was known in Germany in the 1960s for the sale of nobility certificates, doctoral certificates from fictional universities and other false orders. Lichtenberg was one of around 35 adults who were adopted by the ex-princess – some made themselves princes of Anhalt.

Notwithstanding the adoption by Marie-Auguste, a member of the deposed ducal family of Anhalt, the Ascania website on Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt does not mention that he is not a blood relative. In 1984 Prince von Anhalt moved to the USA, became a sociable person and lived an extravagant lifestyle. On August 14, 1986, he married Hungarian-born American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was 26 years older than him. It was his seventh marriage: he had already married and divorced six times, once he received a $ 4 million settlement.

It was Gabor’s ninth marriage, but legally her eighth since her marriage to Felipe de Alba had been canceled because she was still married to Michael O’Hara. It was her longest marriage. “We didn’t get married for love,” said Prince of Anhalt. “It was a friendship, but if you are with someone for a period of time, you fall in love.” Gabor claimed that shortly after her marriage, she almost arranged for Prince of Anhalt’s adoption by an anonymous member of the British royal family.

Since Gabor’s death in December 2016, Prince of Anhalt has inherited her Bel Air mansion and all of her assets as the only remaining heir. Prince of Anhalt claims that Gabor’s late daughter Francesca Hilton stole Gabor’s will when she was in the hospital. However, due to her death in January 2015, this did not affect Prince von Anhalt’s acquisition of her property.


On February 16, 2010, Prince of Anhalt announced his candidacy for the governor of California, who ran as an independent candidate against Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown in 2010. He retired on August 2, 2010, citing his wife’s health problems. In October 2011, he announced his candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles in the 2013 election. He answered on a large billboard on Sunset Boulevard. He did not take part in this campaign and did not appear on the ballot. Prince of Anhalt expressed his support for Donald Trump in several German interviews and television appearances. On September 18, 2017, Prince of Anhalt again announced his candidacy for the governor of California, this time in the 2018 elections.

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s daughter, the late Francesca Hilton, claimed that Prince of Anhalt questioned her mother’s dignity, safety, and health in order to gain attention and profit. Hilton postulated that Prince of Anhalt prohibits Gabor from having visitors, including her own daughter.

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