Lothar Späth

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Lothar Späth
Späth in 2011
Späth in 2011
Born (1937-11-16) November 16, 1937 (age 84)
Sigmaringen, German Reich
Occupation Politician, Chief executive officer
Known for occupying the post of Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg from 1978 until 1991

Lothar Späth (born 16 November 1937 in Sigmaringen) is a German politician of the CDU.[1]


From 30 August 1978 to 13 January 1991 Späth was minister-president of Baden-Württemberg and chairman of the CDU Baden-Württemberg, serving as President of the Bundesrat in 1984/85.[2]

After leaving politics, Späth headed the Jenoptik company, one of the few former Eastern German state owned enterprises, who survived the transformation into a market economy in a united Germany. He stayed there until 2003.[3] Then he became president of the Industrie- und Handelskammer East-Thuringia in Gera.

In 1989, he sponsored the publication of an art portfolio called Kinderstern, featuring original drawings by Sol LeWitt, Jörg Immendorff, Sigmar Polke, Max Bill, Heinz Mack, Keith Haring and Imi Knoebel, to benefit children cancer patients.[4] Along with Rupert Neudeck, he is also a patron of the "German Economic Foundation for Humanitarian Help".[5]

In September 1992 Späth was awarded the title of Royal Norwegian Honorary Consul General for Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.[1]

From 1998–2001, Späth hosted a TV talk show broadcast in Germany called "Späth am Abend", delivering weekly political commentaries beginning in 2002.[1] (The title is a play on words between "Late at night" (Spät am Abend) and "Späth in the evening", a reference to the host's name.)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Abgeordnete Prof. Dr.h.c. Lothar Späth". Deutscher Bundestag (in German). Retrieved 2013-11-16.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Grazia Equity – Prof. Dr. Lothar Späth". Grazia.com. Retrieved 2012-08-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "'Spannender war Jena' - Lothar Späth über sein Wirken an der Nahtstelle". (in German). Deutschlandfunk. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2013-11-16. Missing or empty |series= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Portfolio »Kinderstern« 1989". Edition Domberger. Retrieved 2013-11-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. German Economic Foundation for Humanitarian Help

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hans Filbinger
Minister President of Baden-Württemberg
Succeeded by
Erwin Teufel