Hans Friderichs

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Hans Friderichs, 2017

Hans Friderichs (born October 16, 1931 in Wittlich ) is a German politician ( FDP ) and manager. From 1972 to 1977 he was Federal Minister of Economics .

Life and work

After high school in 1950 graduated Friderichs a study of the law in Marburg , Graz and Mainz . In Marburg he became a member of the Corps Teutonia . He finished his training in 1959 with the second state examination in law . In 1957 he received his doctorate as Dr. jur. He was then managing director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Rheinhessen in Bingen until 1963 .

After the murder of the board spokesman of Dresdner Bank Jürgen Ponto by RAF terrorists, Friderichs joined the board of directors of Dresdner Bank in 1977 and served as board spokesman from 1978 to 1985. The direct switch from politics to business was criticized - the former Minister of Economics Friderichs suddenly had a salary around ten times higher than the German Chancellor.

In 1983, Friderichs fell into the twilight of the Flick donation affair . The magazine Der Spiegel had revealed that the Flick Group had paid money to parties and related non-profit organizations without the payments being properly accounted for by the tax office. In 1983 the public prosecutor brought charges against him for corruption. When she followed up on charges of tax evasion in 1985, Friderichs resigned as board spokesman. On February 16, 1987, the Bonn regional court acquitted him of the charge of bribery with a "third class acquittal", but sentenced him to a fine of 61,500 marks for tax evasion. The judges ruled that there was “considerable suspicion” that the Flick Group Friderichs “actually made the accused cash payments”.

During his time as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Minol AG in 1992, the Leuna affair occurred . Friderichs is a member of the supervisory boards of Goldman Sachs Investment Management GmbH , Leica Camera AG and Schneider Electric SA. From November 2007 to May 2009 he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of adidas AG . He also holds this position at Allit AG Kunststofftechnik in Bad Kreuznach .

From 1991 to 1992 he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation . Friderichs is honorary chairman of the board of trustees of the Wittlich Foundation and a member of the founding board of the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck Foundation, which was founded in Mainz in June 2005 .

Friderichs was chairman of the university council of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz until December 31, 2013 and was also chairman of the university board of trustees of JGU. In the summer of 2006, the nomination for the university's presidential election failed. Two of the three proposed candidates withdrew their candidacy prematurely. The renewed proposal of the board of trustees under Friderich's chairmanship met with criticism, since again only external candidates were used and the board of trustees was also accused of procedural errors by student senate members.

Political party

Hans Friderichs (1975)

Friderichs has been a member of the FDP since 1956 . From 1963 to 1964 he was deputy federal manager. From 1964 to 1969 he was federal manager of the FDP. From 1974 to 1977 he was Deputy Federal Chairman of the FDP.


Friderichs was a member of the Bingen district council from 1960 to 1964, where he was chairman of the FDP parliamentary group. From 1965 to 1969 he was a member of the German Bundestag . On December 13, 1972, he became a member of the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament due to the rulings of the Federal Constitutional Court and the Rhineland-Palatinate electoral review court . The Federal Constitutional Court had declared the state election law to be partly unconstitutional. However, he resigned his state parliament mandate on January 9, 1973; for him moved Max Gunther Piedmont by the parliament. In the 1976 Bundestag election he was re-elected to the Bundestag , which he belonged to until his resignation on November 8, 1977. Helmut Schäfer took over the parliamentary mandate .

Public offices

In 1969, Friderichs was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture , Viticulture and Forests of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate by the then Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister, Helmut Kohl, and, as a representative of the FDP, retained this office even after the FDP left the CDU / FDP coalition of the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament after the CDU had won an absolute majority in the state elections in spring 1971 and provided the government alone.

After the federal election in 1972 , he was appointed Federal Minister of Economics on December 15, 1972 in the second cabinet of Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt . He also retained this office under Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt , who has been in office since 1974 . On October 7, 1977, Friderichs surprisingly gave up his office and switched to the board of directors of Dresdner Bank .


Web links

Commons : Hans Friderichs  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Famous Corps Students. In: die-corps.de. Archived from the original on April 4, 2010 ; accessed on February 14, 2015 .
  2. Hart but fair, ARD, broadcast on March 19, 2012.
  3. a b Powerful helper comeback of control sinner Hans Friedrichs: . In: Der Spiegel . No. 47 , 1988 ( online ).
  4. Company picture galleries . In: handelsblatt.com . Archived from the original on February 19, 2008 ; accessed on February 14, 2015 .
  5. Imprint Allit AG Kunststofftechnik ( Memento from November 23, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) In: allit.de .
  6. University Council ( Memento from June 4, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) In: uni-mainz.de
  7. ^ Two candidates for the office of president ( Memento from March 13, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) In: main-rheiner.de .
  8. ^ Judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfGE 34,81) .
  9. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB).
  10. VDRJ .
  11. Announcement of awards of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Federal Gazette . Vol. 30, No. 172, September 13, 1978.