2009年01月08日

ドイツの大富豪が自殺

にほんブログ村 英語学習法で一位になりました!

皆様ありがとうございます!

今年もよろしくおねがいします!!


FT.comより、"Billionaire Merckle commits suicide"「大富豪Merckle氏が自殺」という記事を紹介します。


Billionaire Merckle commits suicide

Adolf Merckle, one of Germany’s wealthiest men, committed suicide after weeks of talks with creditors designed to save his businesses from being consumed by disastrous investments and the global financial crisis.
 
 

(和訳)ドイツで最も裕福な人物の一人である、Adolf Merckle氏は、破滅的な投資と世界的金融危機から彼の所有する事業を守るべく開かれた、債権者との数週間にわたる協議の後、自殺した。

committed suicide:自殺した
talks:協議、会談
disastrous investments:破滅的な投資(フォルクスワーゲン株の空売りを指す)
the global financial crisis:世界的金融危機

Adolf Merckle氏は、家族経営の医薬品会社を120もの企業からなるコングロマリットにまで育て上げた、個人資産9000億円という超大金持ちだったそうです。

ところが今回、経営危機フォルクスワーゲンの株を空売りしたところ、ポルシェによる救済発表でフォルクスワーゲン株が急騰し、大損害を被ってしまったようです。


「そんなにお金があるんだから、何も死ななくても・・・」と思ってしまいますが、自分が一代で気づき上げた事業が、今般の世界的金融危機であっというまに危機的状況に陥ってしまい、株式投資でも大損害を被り、、、と不幸が続きたことで、彼の心が折れてしまったのでしょうか。。。


Adolf Merckle氏の冥福をお祈りしたいと思います。

それにしても、お金とは何ぞや、人生とは、、、と考えてしまいます。

私は、休日に家族と散歩するだけで結構幸せですわーい(嬉しい顔)


最後までお読みいただきありがとうございます。
もしよろしければ、応援クリックお願いします!

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にほんブログ村 英語学習法



全文を読みたい方は以下をどうぞ:

Adolf Merckle, one of Germany’s wealthiest men, committed suicide after weeks of talks with creditors designed to save his businesses from being consumed by disastrous investments and the global financial crisis.

The billionaire, 74, was said by his family to have been “broken” by the sight of his business empire, which ranged from pharmaceuticals to cement, crumbling. He died on Monday evening, apparently hit by a train a few hundred metres from his home in southern Germany.

A statement from his family said he had taken his own life. “The desperate situation of his companies caused by the financial crisis, the uncertainties of the last few weeks and his powerlessness to act, have broken the passionate family entrepreneur.”

The publicity-shy billionaire was one of Germany’s most powerful industrialists having built his family’s small pharmaceutical business into a 120-firm conglomerate employing 100,000 people. He was regarded as a modest man who was known to bicycle to work.

His personal worth was estimated at more than $9bn by Forbes magazine, while his companies’ combined turnover was €30bn ($40bn), and he was described as Germany’s fifth richest man.

His fortunes worsened dramatically last year after he was caught on the wrong side of trades in Volkswagen shares, whose price spiked when Porsche revealed it controlled more of VW than had been thought. Merckle had borrowed VW shares to sell them short in expectation of their price falling, while other trades also went against him.

Merckle had tried to get support from local politicians in his home state of Baden-Württemburg, where many of his companies are located, as he tried to find ways to preserve his empire. They were unwilling to extend loan guarantees.

His death has shocked Germany. Günther Oettinger, leader of Merckle’s home state, said he was “deeply shaken” at the loss of a “great entrepreneur”.

His death increases the uncertainty over the fate of the many companies he controlled, including HeidelbergCement, the company that bought the rump of the once mighty British conglomerate Hanson, Ratiopharm, the generics drugs maker, and Phoenix, a drugs wholesaler. He had been in talks with a group of 30 banks to secure support to retain control of the businesses after he lost significant amounts – said to be a large three-digit million euro sum – in equities trades. Ratiopharm was expected to have been sold as part of the restructuring demanded by creditors. Banks had also been demanding margin calls on loans given to the industrialist to buy his stake in HeidelbergCement.

A spokesperson for VEM, Merckle’s holding company, said on Tuesday that his death would have “no influence” on the restructuring process in his businesses.

Merckle had reached a partial agreement with banks last week that was likely to lead to their extending a bridging loan, giving him time for an orderly restructuring of his businesses.

It had still appeared probable that Merckle would have had to agree to cede significant parts of his business empire – which has been described by bankers as highly leveraged – in return for long-term bank support.

Shares in HeidelbergCement, which is about 80 per cent owned by the Merckle family, fell more than 5 per cent amid investors’ concern over restructuring talks.


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