Hannes Androsch

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Hannes Androsch (born April 18, 1938 in Vienna ) is an Austrian entrepreneur as well as a former politician ( SPÖ ) and former tax advisor .


After graduating from high school in 1956, Hannes Androsch studied at the University of World Trade in Vienna. In 1959 he obtained his diploma, in 1969 he received his doctorate . From 1966, Androsch worked as a tax advisor and from 1968 as an auditor. In 1970 Androsch founded the tax advisory and auditing firm Consultatio in Vienna-Floridsdorf and brought it together with his mother's widow's business.

Androsch was a member of the National Council from 1967 to 1981 , Austrian Finance Minister from 1970 to 1981 and, from 1976 to 1981, Vice Chancellor under Bruno Kreisky . The “rising young star”, who had already become a minister at the age of 32, and the “Sun King” (according to the media about the two politicians) often had different opinions. Androsch and his friends would have liked to see Kreisky as Federal President and Androsch as Federal Chancellor; Kreisky and his friends wanted to eliminate the dangerous competitor, but had to fear its popularity.

Ultimately, Kreisky took offense at a situation that had existed for more than ten years: The finance minister was also the owner or partner in a tax consultancy firm that received, among other things, orders from state-owned companies. They now asserted incompatibility : Androsch had to resign from all of his political functions in 1980.

Thereupon Androsch held the office of general director of the then state owned Creditanstalt from 1981 to 1988 . In 1988 he was a consultant to the World Bank . It was not until after 1980 that judicial inquiries were commenced because of financial uncertainties in the past and that Androsch was charged with private black money accounts. His claim that his wealthy uncle Gustav Steiner had provided him with a lot of money did not prove to be sustainable: After a long legal process that had gone through all instances, Androsch was finally convicted of tax evasion . In addition, he was convicted in 1988 as a result of the AKH scandal . As a result, he also lost his position at CA.

Androsch has been a managing partner of AIC-Androsch International Consulting since 1989 and co-owner of Salinen Beteiligungs GmbH and chairman of the supervisory board of Salinen Austria AG (formerly Österreichische Salinen AG ) since 1997 . Since 1994 he has been a co-owner of AT&S , Europe's largest printed circuit board manufacturer, of which he is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Androsch is also chairman of the supervisory board at bwin , where he also holds a stake. In his second career as an industrialist, Androsch is extremely successful, still prominent and generally recognized. As a former politician, he is also repeatedly asked by the media about the current political situation in Austria.

In 2003 he became chairman of the university council of the Montanuniversität Leoben . In 2004 the “Hannes Androsch Foundation at the Austrian Academy of Sciences ” was established. On October 20, 2008, he received the newly created ring of honor for his services to the academy. Since November 11, he has been chairman of the supervisory board of Finanzmarktbeteiligung Aktiengesellschaft . On October 21, 2010, Androsch was elected Chairman of the Council for Research and Technology Development. He is also chairman of the supervisory board of Austria's largest non-university research institution, the AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology).

Androsch is the president of the “Education Initiative for the Future” association, which in November 2011 ran the education initiative referendum .


Hannes Androsch has been working with the lawyer Brigitte, born in 1964. Schärf (a great niece of the former Federal President Adolf Schärf ), married. The couple has two daughters: the actress Claudia (* 1964) and Natascha (* 1968). He has a son, Gregor Rothschedl (* 1997), with the business psychologist Claudia Rothschedl. Hannes Androsch lives in Vienna and Altaussee .


Orders and decorations

Other honors


  • "State, Taxes, Society - Economic Policy as Social Policy in Tomorrow's World", 1978
  • "The Political Economy of the Austrian Currency", 1985
  • "Social insurance, private life insurance and the banks as complementary carriers of personal provision", 1986
  • "In Search of Identity. Austria Past, Present and Future: A Synthesis of Contradictions", 1988
  • "Investment Guide Eastern Europe. A Chance Of The Century", 1996
  • "The State of Things", 2000
  • "Why Austria is the way it is. A synthesis of contradictions", 2003
  • "Europe: Why it can't go on like this", 2005
  • "The end of convenience - 7 theses on the future of Austria", 2013
  • Never give up: life balance and outlook , recorded by Peter Pelinka , Ecowin-Verlag, Salzburg 2015, ISBN 978-3-7110-0068-2
  • Objection: The state of the republic and how it can still be saved , together with Josef Moser , Edition a, Vienna 2016, ISBN 978-3-99001-200-0
  • Forward - Austrian Social Democracy since 1889 , with Heinz Fischer and Wolfgang Maderthaner , Brandstätter-Verlag, Vienna 2020, ISBN 978-3-7106-0424-9


  • Liselotte Palme : Androsch. A life between money and power. Vienna 1999.
  • Barbara Liegl, Anton Pelinka : Chronos and Oedipus: The Kreisky-Androsch conflict . Braumüller, Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-7003-1476-0 .
  • Christian Dickinger: The Kreisky-Androsch conflict. Saarbrücken 2010.
  • Extract from the register of the association "Bildungsinitiative für die Zukunft", ZVR number 893139934, accessed on November 3, 2011
  • Hannes Androsch: Never give up: Life balance and outlook , Ecowin 2015.

Web links

Commons : Hannes Androsch  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Catalog list Austrian National Library.
  2. a b c The world until yesterday: Androsch: With him Kreisky lost his luck. In: The press . April 12, 2008, online at diepresse.com , accessed on January 23, 2020.
  3. SPÖ crown prince, captain of industry, mythical creatures - Hannes Androsch is 80. In: News.at . April 17, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  4. Affairs: Unfortunately not. In: Der Spiegel . No. 4/1988, from January 25, 1988, online at spiegel.de , accessed on January 23, 2020.
  5. Ministers Bures and Karl congratulate the new chair of the Research Council. BMWF , October 21, 2010, archived from the original on May 14, 2013 ; Retrieved November 5, 2010 .
  6. Management and structure. In: ait.ac.at . Retrieved on January 23, 2020.
  7. Der Standard (July 12, 2006): "From me, with a swimming pool" , accessed on September 2, 2014
  8. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
  9. http://www.androsch.com/media/news/1409_20080628_oberstzeitung_ehrenb%C3%BCrger.pdf
  10. ^ TU Vienna: Honorary Senators . Retrieved September 9, 2019.