Claus Wisser

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Claus Wisser (born June 30, 1942 in Wiesbaden ) is a German entrepreneur and art patron. He founded the service group WISAG and managed it until 2011, when he handed over the chairmanship to his son Michael Wisser and switched to the supervisory board. He is co-founder of the Rheingau Music Festival and chairman of its friends' association.


Wisser was born in Wiesbaden as the son of a businessman. He attended the Friedrich List School . When he was 14 years old, his father had to close the shop. The boy took on various odd jobs to make his Abitur possible. During school he joined the SPD . He studied business administration at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and took part in the student revolt that was beginning to oppose the emergency laws. He heard Carlo Schmid in public lectures at the university.

In 1965, Wisser broke off his studies and founded a company for cleaning office buildings, from which WISAG developed. He led the company from its small beginnings to a service group that offers cleaning, green space maintenance, security and catering, among other things. The services are provided in industry, administration and airports, where they particularly include traffic on the ground. In 2011 he handed over the management of the company to his son Michael Wisser and became chairman of the supervisory board.

In 1987 he was a founding member of the Rheingau Music Festival with Michael Herrmann , Tatiana von Metternich-Winneburg , Michael Bolenius, Hans-Clemens Lucht and Ulrich Rosin . He replaced Walter Fink as chairman of the Rheingau-Musik-Festival-Förderverein. To celebrate his 60th birthday on June 30, 2002, the festival hosted a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in the Eberbach Monastery , with the Orfeón Donostiarra choir and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff , which was recorded. Wisser also supports the museums Städelsches Kunstinstitut and Caricatura Museum für Komische Kunst as well as the Goethe University.

In 1999 and 2017, Wisser was a member of the Federal Assembly for the election of the Federal President of the SPD .


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Individual evidence

  1. The way back to the founding of the school (chronicle from 2015 to 1902) . 2015. Accessed June 19, 2018.
  2. a b c d Klaus-Jürgen Göpfert: Claus Wisser: The red capitalist . In: Frankfurter Rundschau , June 30, 2017. Accessed June 18, 2018. 
  3. a b In conversation: Wisag founder Claus Wisser: "I had to work like an animal" . In: FAZ , February 1, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  4. Claus Wisser . Goethe University. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  5. The Rheingau Music Festival was founded 20 years ago. (No longer available online.) In: Blasmusik. December 4, 2007, archived from the original on July 18, 2011 ; Retrieved August 5, 2010 .
  6. ^ Rheingau Musik Festival support association . Rheingau Music Festival . 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  7. 149 concerts at 40 venues / Rheingau Music Festival before the 31st summer full of music . In: Rheingau-Echo , February 1, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  8. ^ Carmina Burana: Anniversary concert: 15 years Rheingau Music Festival, 60 years Claus Wisser; Eberbach Monastery 2002; live recording . Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  9. ^ A b Klaus-Jürgen Göpfert: Patron Frankfurt / Honor plaque for Claus Wisser . In: Frankfurter Rundschau , March 7, 2013. Accessed June 19, 2018. 
  10. "A day of joy that we celebrate together" . In: Frankfurter Neue Presse , February 13, 2017. Accessed June 19, 2018. 
  11. Peter Hanack: These Hessians elect the Federal President . In: Frankfurter Rundschau , November 27, 2016. Accessed June 30, 2018. 
  12. ^ Previous winners of the Georg August Zinn Medal . Hesse. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  13. List of the ULI Leadership Award winners . 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2018.