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Helmut Kohl

Former Chancellor of Germany
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Net worth 2018: $1.5 Million
Industry: Presidents
Residence: Ludwigshafen
Country: German
BirthDay: 3 April 1930
Sigh: Taurus
Died On: June 16, 2017
Height: 1.93 m
Education: Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, (1958), Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, (1951 – 1956)

Helmut Kohl was bornon 3 April 1930 in Ludwigshafen, German, is Former Chancellor of Germany. Helmut Kohl was one of the most prominent German leaders, who was single-handedly responsible for the integration of East and West Germany to a unified country. Born in a modest family, he made his way to politics since a young age. He was elected as the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1973, a position he retained for more than two decades until 1998. It was during his term as the chairman that CDU formed an alliance with Free Democratic Party (FDP) that went onto form a coalition government. Kohl benefited the most from the move as he was made the Chancellor of West Germany. In his 16 years of tenure, he contributed greatly for the development of the country. He foresaw developing friendly relations with France. However, the turning point came when he anchored the process of reunification of Germany. Kohl is regarded as the main architect of German reunification. He is considered as "the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century".


$1.5 Million


Helmut Kohl died on 16 June 2017 in the Oggersheim district of Ludwigshafen, his home town, at the age of 87


In February 2008, he had a stroke and a fall and since then he was bound to a wheelchair due to partial paralysis


All through, he suffered from legal problems and charges for which he was assessed a fine in February 2001


Further financial, economic and social problems turned disastrous for him as faced his first defeat in years in the parliamentary elections held on September 27, 1998


The country’s dwindling financial status coupled with escalating unemployment problem directly affected his popularity which was visible in the 1994 elections as he narrowly defeated Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate Rudolf Scharping


This increasing tax burden discontented the people as severe recession hit the country in 1992-93


He also served as the first Chancellor of unified Germany and served in the position from 1990 to 1998


Following the Soviet Union’s abandonment of control over Eastern Europe and breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he fastened the reunification process of the West and East Germany, which became the turning point in his tenure of chancellorship


In the 1987 federal elections, the CDU/CSU and FDP coalition again won by a majority of 45 seats, which helped him, retain his position as a Chancellor


In the 1983 elections, the CDU/CSU-FDP coalition won a staggering 58-seat majority, which further solidified Kohl’s position as the Chacellor of West Germany


He served as the Chancellor of West Germany from 1982 to 1990


In the 1980 federal elections, Franz Josef Strauß became the CDU/CSU's candidate for chancellor


In the 1976 federal elections, Kohl was the chancellor candidate of the CDU and the the Christian Social Union (CSU) alliance but lost to Social Democratic Party (SDP)


By 1973, he succeeded Rainer Barzel as the chairman of the federal CDU and retained this position until 1998


From 1966 until 1973, he took up the chair of the CDU's state branch


His political career kick started when he was elected as the leader of the CDU party in the municipal council of Ludwigshafen in 1960, a position he retained until 1969


Upon completing his graduation in 1950, he began studying law in Frankfurt am Main


Meanwhile, he joined the Christian Democratic Union in 1946 and was one of the co-founders of the Junge Union-branch in Ludwigshafen in 1947

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