Dietrich Mateschitz was an Austrian business magnate. He was a co-founder and 49% owner of Red Bull GmbH. Mateschitz was interested in extreme sports from a young age, and he quickly brought Red Bull into sports, where it has been successful in many different areas.
He started the Wings for Life foundation with Heinz Kinigadner to help fund spinal cord research. Since 2014, the Wings for Life World Run has been held by the foundation to raise money.
On Saturday (October 22), it has been announced that Dietrich Mateschitz died at the age of 78 following a long period of illness.
Now people are digging deeper into his personal and professional life following his death.
In this post, we’ll explore all the important information you need to know regarding his wife and how did he die.
Did Dietrich Mateschitz Had A Wife?
Dietrich Mateschitz was unmarried. He didn’t had any wife. However, he had a son.
Mateschitz lived in Fuschl am See, Austria, but he also owned Laucala Island, which is near Fiji. He bought it for £7 million from the Forbes family.
In 2017, Mateschitz and his Bundesliga team, RB Leipzig, were criticized for comments he made in an interview with the German newspaper Kleine Zeitung. In the interview, he said that Austria should close its borders to refugees and that he supported Donald Trump and other populists.
Red Bull Owner Dietrich Mateschitz Has Died At The Age 78
The company announced the owner and co-founder of the sports drink company Red Bull died on Saturday. According to the company, Dietrich Mateschitz started exporting the drink in Austria in 1987.
Red Bull said in a company-wide email to employees, “In these moments, the over-riding feeling is one of sadness, But soon the sadness will make way for gratitude – gratitude for what he changed, moved, encouraged and made possible for so many individual people. We will remain connected to him respectfully and lovingly.”
Under Mateschitz, Red Bull has become known for heavily promoting extreme sports and events, like a record-breaking skydive from the edge of space in 2012. It also supports two Formula One team.
Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali said in a written statement, “He was an incredible visionary entrepreneur and a man who helped to transform our sport and created the Red Bull brand that is known all around the world.”
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the FIA, which is in charge of governing motorsports, called Mateschitz “a towering figure in motorsport.”
“The thoughts of all the FIA family are with his loved ones at this time and he will be greatly missed,” he said.
Red Bull had been involved in the sport as a sponsor for many years before buying the Jaguar F1 team in 2004 and the Minardi team in 2005. The latter, which is the company’s junior team and is based in Italy, was renamed Toro Rosso and now competes as AlphaTauri. He also bought the Formula One track in Spielberg, which is now called the Red Bull Ring and hosts the Austrian Grand Prix.