Gerhard Frey (politician)

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German patriot, politician and media czar Dr. Gerhard Frey

Gerhard Frey (born on 18 February 1933 in Cham[1] – died 19 February 2013 in Gräfelfing by Munich) was a German publisher, businessman and politician. His father, Adalbert Frey, was a German officer, who fought in both World War I and World War II.

Political influence

Dr. rer. pol.[2] Frey was the chairman and main financial backer of the prominent patriotic party Deutsche Volksunion (DVU; English: German People's Union), which he founded in 1971. He resigned as chairman in January 2009.[3] The left-wing academic Cas Mudde described Frey as "One of the most influential people in the German post-war extreme right scene" and a "multi-millionaire media czar who owns and publishes several newspapers".[4]

Personal life

Frey, whose wealth had been estimated at 250 million euros, was married to the great love of his life Regine Frey, with whom he has four children.[5] Among them his daughter Michaela (* 1965), who is a jurisprudent, and his son Gerhard jr. (* 1969), who is an attorney.

Notes

  1. Cham is the capital of the district of Cham in the Upper Palatinate in Bavaria in Germany.
  2. Doctorate (rerum politicarum) in economic and political sciences (German: Doktor der Staats- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften).
  3. ""Frey-Partei" ohne Frey / Der DVU-Vorsitzende ist abgetreten". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 13 January 2009, page 6. 
  4. Cas Mudde (2002). The Ideology of the Extreme Right. Manchester University Press, 60. ISBN 978-0-7190-6446-3. 
  5. "Ehepaar Frey spendete DVU mehr als eine Million Mark". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 31 March 1994, page 2.