Hubertus Hoffmann

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Person.png Hubertus Hoffmann  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(media executive, spook?)
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Hubertus Hoffmann (left) receiving the Federal Cross of Merit from Johannes Rau, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, October 2000
NationalityGerman
Alma materUniversity of Munich, University of Bonn
Member ofHenry Jackson Society/International Patrons, Integrity Initiative/Cluster/Germany
German media executive. Member of the Integrity Initiative and the intelligence think-tank Henry Jackson Initiative.

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In office
1988 - 1990
EmployerZDF
Preceded byPer Egil Hegge

Hubertus Hoffmann is a German media executive, geostrategist and philanthropist. He was mentioned as a member of the German cluster of the Integrity Initiative and the intelligence think-tank Henry Jackson Initiative.

Education and Early Career

Hoffmann served in the German Army Artillery Corps and is a reserve officer. After graduating from the Ratsgymnasium in Goslar, Hoffmann studied law, political science and modern history at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the University of Bonn with scholarships from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. He completed his studies with the second state examination in law. In 1985 he was with Karl Dietrich Bracher at the University of Bonn with the dissertation The nuclear partners Washington - Bonn and the modernization of tactical nuclear weapons. Prehistory and management of the neutron weapon and the double-track decision of NATO for his doctorate.

From 1978 to 1983 he was assistant to the member of the Bundestag Peter Kurt Würzbach (CDU, Würzbach was from 1982 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense Manfred Wörner) in the German Bundestag in Bonn and from 1983 to 1988 he worked for the MEP Hans-Gert Pöttering (CDU), the later President of the European Parliament, in Brussels. From 1986 to 1988, Hoffmann was a councilor in his hometown of Goslar.

As early as 1979, as a student at the U.S. Senate in the offices of Senators Sam Nunn (Democrat) and Gary Hart (Democrat) and in May that year he presented a 162-page report "Armament and Disarmament in the Euronuclear Sphere" on behalf of Peter Kurt Würzbach, in which for the first time the deployment of Pershing II and cruise missiles as a counterweight to the Soviet medium-range missiles SS-20 and a zero arms control policy were promoted.

In 1983/84 he was a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1984 he initiated the German-American exchange program for reserve officers. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR).

He supported the Mujaheddin from 1985 to 1990 against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, visiting them in the mountains in 1985 and writing the Afghanistan Report for the European Parliament.

Journalist, manager and investor

From 1996 to 2000 he was founder and CEO of InternetMediaHouse AG and a large investor and member of the Executive Board at Loewe TV company. Before that he had worked as a journalist in the White House Press Corps

Hoffmann worked from 1988 to 1990 as an editor in the editor-in-chief of ZDF, including the news department (1988-1990), as general manager of the private radio department of the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (1990-1993) and then until 1995 as managing director for new media at the Burda Publishing Group.

In 1996, Hoffmann founded New Media Digital GmbH. With his new investment company, he successfully defended Beiersdorf AG against the hostile takeover attempt by Procter & Gamble ("Hamburg solution") in 2001, then founded the General Capital Group (GCG) with US hedge funds, which from 2005 to 2007 invested more than three billion in German companies such as Volkswagen, Siemens, BASF and Lanxess.

Since then, Hoffmann has invested in various companies in Germany and abroad with different partners and founded Internet companies in Europe, Silicon Valley and China.

Political activities (including political publishing and arts)

Aged 25, Hoffmann in 1980 initiated a CDU/CSU resolution and Federal Law of the Bundestag for an Annual Report on Arms Control and Disarmament, which since then has been published by the German Government.

In 1989 he initiated and helped to finance the first Farmers Association of Silesia which now has more than 3,000 Polish and German members and runs its own dairy. In 1992 he was Chairman of the Eesti Committee Report (requested by Estonian President Tunne Kelam) about the Future of the "Baltic Hanseatic Region" (including Kaliningrad Oblast, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia).

In 2002 Hoffmann became founder and president of the World Security Network Foundation, New York-based until 2012. In 2010 he initiated the first official "Progress Report on Afghanistan" of the German Government supported by the SPD opposition and the CDU/CSU and FDP groups in the Bundestag.

Since 2013, one of his main activities is The Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect Project, promoting universal rules for parents, educators, journalists, religious leaders and politicians on how to promote respect for other religions, races and ethnic minorities, as important soft factors of peacemaking including best practices from all over the world.

In June 2020 he started Mission Future [1], promoting a new Policy 4.0 based on the three pillars humanity – including freedom and tolerance – as well as creativity and effectiveness with comprehensive reforms in all states with a ‘thinking heart and a loving mind’.[2]

Filmmaker

With his Global Tolerance Initiative[3] Hoffmann co-produced the Watani: My Homeland documentary about a family from Aleppo coming to his hometown Goslar in Germany. This documentary was nominated for the Oscars 2017,[4] and decorated with an Emmy Award and with the German Television Award 2017 (in German state TV ZDF Das Schicksal der Kinder von Aleppo).

As an enthusiastic producer of political Zeitgeist films making a difference in global discussions, in 2018 Hoffmann directed and produced "Love is Tolerance - Tolerance is Love - Make Tolerance Great Again!" [5] It is a global search for the Champions of Tolerance and how we can make tolerance great again to contain all extremists. Describing the value of diversity and respect towards social minorities and other religions. In this feature documentary of 85 minutes the three Nobel Peace Prize Laureates the 14th Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi promote tolerance. The film includes portraits of Ehud Barak, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and many other 'Champions of Tolerance' and young people from all over the world.

He is also co-producer of "The Last Supper" (Das Letzte Mahl, 2017), a chamber play about a Jewish family dinner in Berlin on January 30, 1933, the day Adolf Hitler came into power. This drama was shown at the 13th Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2018.

Hoffmann has funded before the popular Hollywood films, "Girl, Interrupted" (starring Angelina Jolie who won her first Oscar as Supporting Actress) and "Hanging Up" (starring Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, Lisa Kudrow and Walter Matthau). He financed these films with a personal investment, using his SPV in the Global Entertainment Productions KG company, in cooperation with Sony Picture Studios in Los Angeles.[6]

Art

Hoffmann presented his international art projects as The Places and the Globes of Tolerance and The Champions of Tolerance, including videos and portraits of the Dalai Lama, Malala and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), at the Art Colgne and Gallery Weekend Berlin in 2017.[7]

Book author

Hoffmann is an author of several standard books on nuclear strategy, geopolitics and tolerance.

  • "Mission Future. How to Save our Democracies with Humanity, Creativity and Effectiveness: 200 Reform Proposals with Heart and Mind" , Berlin, London 2021 (ISBN 978-3982186337)
  • "Migration Realpolitik with Humanity.: Global Best Practices" (Berlin, London 2020; ISBN 978-3982186375)
  • In 2004 he published a first book about his mentor for 25 years, Fritz G. A. Kraemer: "Fritz Kraemer On Excellence". In 2012 a new, extended edition of this book followed, titled True Keeper of the Holy Flame – The Legacy of Pentagon Strategist and Mentor Dr Fritz Kraemer with contributions from Alexander M. Haig Jr., Henry A. Kissinger, Madeleine Kraemer Bryant, Wilhelm-Karl von Preussen, Edward L. Rowny, Donald Rumsfeld and others, 384 pages, Verlag Inspiration Un Limited, London/Berlin 2012 (ISBN 978-3-9812110-5-4).
  • Codes der Toleranz. Eine Anleitung für Weltverbesserer und Pessimisten, streng Gläubige und freie Geister. Herder, Freiburg / Breisgau 2014, 464 S., ISBN 978-3-451-33373-6. In English "Love is Tolerance – Tolerance is Love" (2017; ISBN 978-3-9821863-51), also published in Polish, Arabic and Urdu (Pakistan).
  • "The 10 Commandments of Tolerance in Islam", including dialogues with Malala Yousafzai and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), New York, Berlin 2017 (ISBN 978-3-9821863-68)
  • Die Atompartner Washington-Bonn und die Modernisierung der taktischen Kernwaffen (Washington and Bonn as Nuclear Partners and the Issue of Modernization of Tactitcal Nuclear Weapons), Koblenz 1986, ISBN 3-7637-5477-6
  • Atomkrieg - Atomfrieden. Technik, Strategie, Abrüstung (Nuclear War - Nuclear Peace. Technology, Strategy, Disarmament), Bernard und Graefe, Munich 1980, ISBN 3-7637-5190-4




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