They have been a model couple for decades: actress Maria Furtwängler (55) and publisher Hubert Burda (82) have announced their divorce after more than 30 years of marriage. Maria Furtwängler’s press secretary announced this on Monday at the request of the DPA in Berlin.

A statement on behalf of the couple, which is available to DPA, said: “Maria Furtwängler and Hubert Burda have been going their separate ways for some time now, handling the future like this.”

In addition, the couple did not share any details about this. The couple have a daughter and a son: Elisabeth Furtwängler (30) is a musician, her brother Jakob Burda (32) is a digital entrepreneur.


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Furtwängler and Burda have been married since 1991.

The actress, who comes from a well-known family of artists, and the successful media entrepreneur have been among Germany’s most famous couples since their marriage in 1991. However, over the years they managed to hide their family life from prying eyes.

But there is a wonderful interview that Furtwängler gave to Der Spiegel in 2012. There she said that she herself also became a self-confident woman thanks to her marriage to a multimillionaire: “I have an extremely strong and self-confident man, in whose shadow you can easily become an environment, a companion. Now it sounds incredibly banal. but it may have made it even more necessary to find yourself and your own world.”

For Hubert Burda, marrying her was the second marriage. When the couple celebrated their wedding in 1991, Furtwängler was 25, and the publisher a good quarter of a century older. They have known each other for several years, the first child has already been born, the second is on the way.

The main role of Furtwängler is the Tatort television commissioner Charlotte Lindholm.

Award-winning Maria Furtwängler, granddaughter of famed conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, has been in front of the camera since childhood and made her big break in 1987 with the ARD evening series The Happy Family. Her main role is the “crime scene” of television commissioner Charlotte Lindholm. With about 30 cases in 20 years, Maria Furtwängler is always a quota guarantor and has also made a name for herself as a television producer. In addition to her television life, she is also a doctor and has long been a public advocate for women’s rights.

Maria Furtwängler founded the MaLisa Foundation in 2016 with her daughter Elisabeth. This is an international commitment to combat violence against women and girls. In Germany, the foundation is also committed to social diversity and overcoming limiting role models. Time and time again, MaLisa initiatives have drawn attention to complaints such as the portrayal of women in the media.

Burda media group earns billions of dollars annually: these include Focus magazine, Bunte folk magazine, Burda Style fashion magazine and Elle fashion magazine. The media company is 100% family owned, Hubert Burda is the owner along with his children: Jakob Burda and Elisabeth Furtwängler each own 37.5% of the group’s holding company since 2017. (pack/dpa)


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