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Holger Thorsten Schubart
Holger Thorsten Schubart (born April 10, 1965 in Heidenheim, Germany), divorced with children, is a German entrepreneur, mathematician, cosmopolitan, and philanthropist. He lives in Germany and Switzerland.
In 1990, Mathematician Holger Thorsten Schubart, after having received rigorous commercial training, launched his first business venture. During the period immediately following the reunification of Germany, he and his partners quickly developed a large industrial engineering company and regional leader, SMI Industrietechnik GmbH, as a provider for heating, plumbing and ventilation. Former state-owned factories were converted into warehouses and sales outlets. During this period of change, many people were still sceptical about conducting business in the former East Germany, especially since no one could reliably predict yet how things would progress there in the early 90’s. With courage and commitment, he built the company into a successful model, creating a large number of sustainable jobs.
He established an engineering and planning company, V.I.P.S.S GmbH, which served the dual purpose of allowing him to not only supply materials to the industry but also to act as a planning services company in the heating, plumbing and ventilation industry. He cultivated a close partnership with the Wärme Kraft Berlin, the former leading engineering company with several hundred engineers in Berlin and in the new federal states. The next logical step was to establish SCF Immobilien, a company with truly ambitious goals. This public company was to become one of the biggest housing companies in the new federal states, expanding as well into the former federal states. First and foremost, the company wanted to help tackle the problem of East Germany’s economic recovery and help with its modernization and privatization. Holger Thorsten Schubart had clear business objectives and was one of the youngest CEOs in Germany during this period. Within a few short years, SCF Immobilien claimed its success and went on to be listed on the public stock exchange. Various major construction projects were being planned and implemented in both the former and new federal states, with some projects exceeding even the DM 500 million mark. And now a separate business unit was dedicated to the privatization of residential complexes in the former East Germany. More than 30,000 homes in all were purchased for rehabilitation and privatization.
New project companies such as Residenz GmbH and Zenit AG were established for the task of developing and building residential and commercial parks. Holger Thorsten Schubart presided over these project companies either as managing director or as a board member. These companies were successful in developing innovative and, in many cases, completely new and very promising concepts in the quest to improve the quality of life and housing in the new federal states.
At the end of the 1990’s, Germany witnessed a country-wide decline and mass demise of its construction companies. The industry and Germany itself froze due to the collapse of nearly the entire construction industry. Many large construction companies, such as Phillipp Holzmann and Fröhlich Bau AG, strained by large construction projects in Berlin, fell into bankruptcy. At this point, even former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, with his determined efforts to intervene, was no longer able to avert economic catastrophe. Even Mr. Schubart’s group of companies lost millions due to a building freeze after no longer being able to fulfil their general contractor agreements. Liabilities for taxes, which were subsequently proven unjustified by today's standard and which were demanded without compromise, forced Schubart’s companies into bankruptcy.
He, too, had to stand trial. He was guilty of condoning harmful activity or so the judge alleged. The judge claimed the projects were too extensive and therefore unrealistic and had been scheduled solely for the sake of appearance. As was standard practice in financial proceedings in Germany at this time, he was offered a deal. He would give a confession, and in exchange, regardless of whether or not the confession was true, would be offered a seemingly lesser penalty. In the event that he failed to agree to the proposed deal, he would be threatened with years of legal proceedings, with the actual sentence still unknown, but in the end greater, since the court is already convinced of his guilt...
The building projects earlier dismissed as pseudo-projects and fantasies have today become a reality and were completed by Holger Thorsten Schubart by 2014 - all in accordance with his inventive and imaginative planning carried out in the 90’s. Imagination is a miraculous quality possessed by many entrepreneurs. His visions became reality 10 to 15 years later and the revenues produced by these projects far exceeded predictions. Today, the former accusations and convictions against him are seen in a totally different light. From today’s perspective and in hindsight, it’s easy to see that the conviction was a miscarriage of justice, even it one admits the court was doing the best it could at the time.
Holger Thorsten Schubart revoked his false confession long ago. A team of lawyers has been involved with Holger Thorsten Schubart’s reappraisal and full rehabilitation (§ 359 StPO). Following an extended hiatus, he was forced to come to the sober and disappointing realization that Germany, however much it appears to the general public, is not a country conducive to visionaries. No company can be developed without the courage to take risks. Every new step a company makes carries with it the risk of error, and subsequently that of failure. A world without risk-takers is a world that is dull and drab, a world in stagnation.
Learning the simple art of perceiving beauty in the world and surrounding himself with it rescued him after years of deprivation, blessing him with ease and strength after such difficult times. In 2008 he relaunched his business with great commitment and with capital from friends. A new medical device was developed and investments were made for research in the area of energy technology. This would prove to be the defining issue over the next few years due to a strong influence from his father, who was a nuclear physicist.
Due in particular to the negative experiences suffered in the 90’s, project development at this stage was implemented without any capital from third parties, with the exception of those aware of the special risks involved in the development new and innovative products. Even today, his aspiration is to follow his visionary path, funded by his own capital and accompanied by economically strong and risk-conscious partners. Participation by so-called “retail investors” is strictly out of the question for the near future, but will be possible, at the earliest, upon the initial public offering.
The NEUTRINO Group, http://www.neutrino-energy.com, aims to develop and advance solar technology up to a level that will allow even invisible solar energy (space energy), which constantly surrounds us, to be converted into electrical energy. The measurement and laboratory findings from solar energy research in recent years were so promising that he decided to stage a "coming out" at the end of 2014 and took the opportunity as a sponsor at the Federal Press Ball, the top social event in Germany, to introduce enlightened journalists to his visionary energy project of the future.
The technical findings in solar energy have meanwhile advanced to the point that a presentation in Berlin has been planned for the beginning of 2017 that will allow these test and measurement findings - which have been confirmed by independent experts - to be credibly demonstrated to the public. The construction of the first prototypes can then begin and, based on optimistic planning, the first market-ready products can be expected as early as 2018/2019.
In particular the sciences as well as art and culture - which to date have not been recognized and have, without just cause, been viewed so critically that they have stagnated - will receive his support from the profits made.
It takes courage and capital to stand up to already-established structures, lobbying, politics, and rigid, outdated markets that sponsor themselves and pseudo-worldly wisdom. The struggle to make one’s visions a reality requires courage and capital.
Everything seems impossible until someone takes the first step. This applies to all areas of life.
Many people today still believe the earth is flat...
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