Stephanie zu Guttenberg

German economist

Stephanie Freifrau von und zu Guttenberg (born 24 November 1976 in Munich[2]), née Stephanie Gräfin von Bismarck-Schönhausen (Countess of Bismarck-Schönhausen), is a German activist against child abuse, and the President of Innocence in Danger, a group which wants Internet censorship of child pornography.[3][4] She has also co-written a book about these topics.

Stephanie zu Guttenberg
Countess (Gräfin) of Bismarck-Schönhausen, Baroness (Freifrau) of Guttenberg[1]
Stephanie von und zu Guttenberg (2010)
Stephanie von und zu Guttenberg (2010)
Spouse(s) Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Anna (2001) and Mathilde (2002) zu Guttenberg
Noble family House of Bismarck (by birth), House of Guttenberg (by marriage)
Father Andreas Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen
Mother Charlotte Kinberg
Born (1976-11-24) 24 November 1976 (age 43)

She is the wife of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German Minister of Defence. A member of the Bismarck family, she is the great-great-granddaughter of Chancellor Prince Otto Bismarck and great-granddaughter of Foreign Secretary Herbert, Prince of Bismarck. She is also a descendant of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo, and diplomat Alexander, Count of Hoyos.

Stephanie von und zu Guttenberg (2010)

She got a degree in business administration and textile engineering (Fashion Business Management) from the private academy Fachakademie für Textil & Schuhe in Nagold, and has worked during her schooling for several textile companies.

On 12 February 2000, she married Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, whom she had met when attending Love Parade in Berlin in 1995. They have two daughters, born in 2001 and 2002.


She has been President of the German section of Innocence in Danger, an organisation combating child abuse and lobbying for Internet censorship of child pornography.[4][5]

In September 2010, she published the book Schaut nicht weg! Was wir gegen sexuellen Missbrauch tun müssen, co-written with Anne-Ev Ustorf.[6]

She accompanied her husband when visiting the troops in Afghanistan in December 2010,[7] which drew some criticism from the opposition.[8]

On 24 January 2011, Stephanie zu Guttenberg became Patron of the Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft in Bavaria.[9]



  • Stephanie zu Guttenberg, Anne-Ev Ustorf, Schaut nicht weg!, Verlag Kreuz, 2010, ISBN 978-3-7831-3485-8