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If I die in a few years, what's next?

"at the moment, I'm so bad at it, as well-almost never! (...) Good night, can hardly breathe anymore! 20h 57'" Those words – as always – more precisely,

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If I die in a few years, what's next?

"at the moment, I'm so bad at it, as well-almost never! (...) Good night, can hardly breathe anymore! 20h 57'"

Those words – as always – more precisely, Bruno Stefanini , the age of 87, wrote in April 2012 to a write block. The billionaire art collector and property owners from Winterthur wrote the diary, page by page, in batch. Sentences full of experiences, exclamation points, and commands to themselves.

Next to his bed, the Block was, so he could scribble in the glow of the bedside lamp a couple of thoughts for the day. In a small, peppy writing. Important Points are underlined individual words circled. The notes had to be processed Stefaninis way to what kept him busy. The TA was able to view dozens of pages, which a few years are not caused before his death, when he was demented.

Before Stefanini died last December, aged 94, and was raging a battle for the succession in his real estate and art Empire. The diary entries have become part of the court record. They show how very Stefanini wanted to settle his succession. However, he failed.

"what's next?"

The notes also draw a picture of a lonely, restless man, the siezte even close Confidants. In 2011, when he suffered from dementia, drove him a question: "If I was in a few days, weeks, years – of death what's next? Who is /are my followers? I have rules too!" listed Stefanini at the end of December 2011.

The Patron felt that his time was running out, and much was unclear. In 2012, he wrote: "A lifetime of working, gathered from pleasure ("hunters and collectors") (...) I must make very soon, however, "everything", so why with the order and succession organize, delegate, etc. not start now? I will, I must!"

Wanted to have it all in the hands of Bruno Stefanini at seeing one of his real estate .

The desire for a successor was his daughter Bettina Stefanini. Over a period of months, he mentioned Meeting and talking with you on the topic of succession. In sleepless nights, he quoted, as he would like to pass Bettina management tasks. He wrote: "Tomorrow daughter Bettina starting at 10 am! Erbfrage!"

But she lived at that time in Ireland, and did not want to return to Switzerland. Disappointed Stefanini held in November 2011: "I have negotiated "just" with Bettina, my daughter, "" she wants to stay in Ireland and not in Switzerland." The time of his note: 3.47 PM.

Almost 24 hours later, another entry: "Well, I had the session with Bettina. She has decided that she will stay in Ireland and my "successor" does not want to." For it is clear: "I need a kidney now MRP without you as a "heir"."

houses, palaces and art

Stefanini was to become after the Second world war with real-estate Empire. His company started small, and became greater and greater, what he'd never even thought of. Money and passion he put into his Foundation for art , culture and history (SKKG). Experts describe it as one of the most important collections of Switzerland. You should be around the 30'000 objects, including valuable works of art from the anchor, or Giacometti, but also value objects, the Stefanini on the Winterthur flea market had discovered.

life, he expanded his property to houses, castles and art. Meanwhile, his daughter Bettina Stefanini will be forward to the Foundation. You and your brother Vital Stefanini won the seat on the Board of Trustees, however, the hard court. When her father wrote his diary entries, he did nothing of the dispute, the would capture his company one day.

The family circumstances were difficult.

Bettina Stefaninis commitment at the time the notes in the distance. She was emigrated early from Winterthur to Dublin, where she later, as a scientist with a PhD. The family relationships were difficult. Bettina's mother was drawn with the three little children to Bern, after the parents had separated. The father had only had his business, says Bettina Stefanini today.

Raises allegations against her father: Bettin Stefanini at an art exhibition in Bern.

she never wanted to return to Winterthur to the father who has left her little room to Breathe, as you told. "He promised me to hand over the Foundation, but I didn't believe it." Her father had often made promises he failed to keep. In addition, he rejected their condition, they would have come in the Foundation. They demanded that in addition to an independent Person in the Board of Trustees to move in. But her father wanted to take his children and closest Confidants.


After the rejection of his daughter mentioned, Stefanini began in the notes, not to mention a possible successor: Markus Brunner, who joined in 2008 to his real estate company, and until the beginning of this week, the store Manager was. In the spring of 2012, he wrote: "Markus Brunner is probably my capable successor, (46?) must appoint him and accordingly pay for it!"

So far, however, should never. After surgery 2013 Stefaninis health deteriorated. His family argued with the former Executive management, its Foundation, its assets, and approximately 3,000 apartments.

The diaries to the present state of knowledge 2013.

the fight finally Stefaninis children in 2018 and have Won the power. Brunner says he will accept the. He regretted, however, that he is not the successor of Bruno Stefanini: "Mr Stefanini was my Patron, I have served him for ten years, and he saw me as his successor." It will not go to him to him, says Brunner. "It's the will of Mr Stefanini."

Whether and how Bruno Stefanini has noticed the dispute about his legacy and what he thought about it, is not known. His diaries according to the present state of knowledge 2013. Stefanini was due to that time already demented and probably no longer capable of his notes. But the dispute over his legacy began.


Created: 29.03.2019, 06:44 PM

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