Austrian Times April 17, 2012
Billionaire supermarket and property tycoon Karl Wlaschek, 94, has unveiled plans to marry girlfriend Ricki Schenk, saying jokingly that he hopes to have more children.
According to Forbes, Wlaschek is the fifth-oldest billionaire in the world after Walter Haefner, David Rockefeller Sr., Albert Ueltschi and Kirk Kerkorian. He's worth an estimated 4.4 billion euros from the founding of the Billa supermarket chain along with a property business, and, after Red Bull energy drink billionaire Dieter Mateschitz, is the 2nd wealthiest person in the Austria.
Asked why he was getting married now, he said he wanted to have more children – "I would say another five or six children, at the very least." Wlaschek already has 4 children and 4 previous marriages to his name. The widow Ricki, has no children. When she was asked if those rumors were true she said with a laugh: "I am not sure, after all I am not so young any more." She declined to reveal her age, adding that she doubted that children were in her future, but she confirmed: "The wedding will take place in the next few days."
The couple met at an event in Vienna and they realized that his last wife and her former husband had both died on the same day.
The engagement was announced at the 5-star Schloßhotel in Velden which Wlaschek owns, and where he was also the guest of honor.