|Capital:||€ 300 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of wealth:||Soccer player|
Uli Hoeneß is a former football player and long-time manager of FC Bayern Munich, who stepped down as president at the end of 2019. As an active he was world and European champion and multiple European cup winner. As a manager, he formed FC Bayern into one of the most successful soccer clubs in the world.
Ulrich Hoeneß, as his real name is, was born in Ulm in 1952 to a butcher. His younger brother Dieter later also became a professional football player and manager. Like many children back then, he started playing football early on. In 1966 he already took part in games for Germany with the selection of schoolchildren and went on to continue through national youth teams of the DFB. After a season as a senior at TSG Ulm 1846, he moved to Bayern Munich in 1970.
From then on, his career took a steep climb. In 1972 he was already European champion with the DFB selection and 1974 world champion. In the same year he also won the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, where two more titles were to follow. He was also German Champion in the Bundesliga every year from 1972 to 1974.
The very fast offensive player often scored many goals, but had to pay tribute to his high stakes early on in the form of a persistent knee injury. Despite trying to gain a foothold as a player at 1. FC Nürnberg, he ended his career as a player in 1979. Only a few weeks later, the second part of his career began, making him perhaps the most dazzling figure in German football let be.
From 1979 he worked as a manager at FC Bayern Munich. At a time when other clubs had no managers at all. Among other things, he revolutionized the merchandising of his club and was almost always a step ahead of his competitors. In his time as manager – and later as president – FC Bayern Munich won 20 German championships, 11 wins in the DFB Cup and, in addition to winning the UEFA Cup in 1996, two titles in the Champions League.
From 2009 he moved from management to the presidency, but remained the all-important factor in the club. His high esteem, which he also enjoyed outside of football in Germany, ended when it came out in 2013 that Uli Hoeneß had evaded several million euros in taxes that he would have had to pay to the German tax authorities in financial transactions with Swiss banks.
Although he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, he only had to serve half of it. In addition, many criticized this scandalously low judgment, in which he accidentally benefited from procedural errors on the part of the court. After his release, he ran again in 2016 as president of FC Bayern Munich, to which he was also elected. In 2019, he finally retired from this role.
In terms of sport, it was of course also the winning of the 1974 World Cup in its own stadium, the Olympic Stadium in Munich. In addition, there are the three titles in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, the forerunner of the Champions League.
In addition to establishing the Allianz Arena, his greatest success as a manager is once again winning the Champions League twice. This was achieved under his aegis both in 2001 and 2013. In 2001 his club also won the World Cup, in 2013 the successor, the Club World Cup. Overall, however, it is above all the permanent role of FC Bayern Munich as the first title contender in Germany that Uli Hoeneß can regard as his life’s work.
“As long as Kalle Rummenigge and I have something to say here, he won’t even become a greenkeeper in the new stadium” About Lothar Matthäus.
“This is populist shit. It cannot be that we are criticized for tearing our asses for years. What do you think who finances you? The people from the boxes who we take the money out of our pockets. The shitty mood, you’re responsible for that and not us. ”
“I will serve the club until I can no longer breathe.”
“It can still play for 100 years, it will never overtake us.” About Christoph Daum.
“Santa Claus has never been an Easter bunny.”
He met his wife today at the age of 15.
He was the only one of four occupants to survive the crash of a private plane in the 1980s.
With his former arch enemies Christoph Daum and Willi Lemke, an approach has taken place over the years in which one at least maintains a normal relationship with one another when one meets.
Previously, Uli Hoeneß had prevented Christoph Daum from becoming national coach in 2000 by making drug rumors about Daum public. This saw himself prompted for a hair test, which turned out to be positive.
Uli Hoeneß has been married since 1973 and has two children.
In 1985 Uli Hoeneß founded a sausage factory in Nuremberg with a partner, the proceeds of which contributed significantly to his fortune today.