Walter Kohl is the oldest son of former German Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl, entrepreneur and best-seller author.
Walter Kohl, born 1963, historian and graduate economist, BA (Harvard College) and MBA (INSEAD). He spent nine years abroad, including in France and the USA, where he worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley. Back in Germany, he was responsible for controlling Kaufhof Holding AG and Metro AG for more than ten years. Later, he was Head of Controlling at Deutsche Vermögensberatung in Frankfurt. 2005, he and his Korean wife independently worked with a company of the automotive supply industry, which successfully manufactures applications for Audi, BMW, Ford, Peugeot, Renault and Rolls-Royce.
In his book "Living or Being Lived", which has been at the top of the Spiegel bestseller list since the beginning of 2011, Kohl recounts his sometimes difficult childhood and adolescence in an environment of terrorism and a time of ideological confrontation.