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Wealthy Austrian heiress to distribute €25 million fortune to citizens

A heiress in Austria will set up an assembly for citizens to give away the 25 million euro fortune she inherited. 
Marlene Engelhorn
 
Marlene Engelhorn, a 31-year-old woman from Austria, inherited the money from her family, who owns the chemical giant BASF. She wants her vast wealth to be redistributed across society and has campaigned for years for a more equitable tax system in her home country.

The heiress has been urging the government to impose taxes on that money for many years. However, given Austria’s absence of inheritance or wealth taxes, she sought an alternative solution: setting up a council to decide how the fortune would be distributed.

A Citizens’ Council comprising 50 individuals will be formed through a two-step process: 10,000 letters will be sent to residents, followed by the selection of 50 members and 15 substitutes. Eligibility requires members to be over 16 years old and representative of the population in Austria.

The Council “Guter Rat für Rückverteilung”, which means good advice for redistribution, will meet for six weekends from March until June and work on proposals to distribute the wealth. 

Marlene Engelhorn will not have any influence on the distribution.

 
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