Thomas Flohr (born 17 March 1960) is a Swiss businessman, founder and chairman of VistaJet, a private jet charter company,[1] amateur racing driver and former billionaire.

As of March 2018, Forbes estimated his net worth at US$2.3 billion.[2] In March 2019, Flohr had dropped off the billionaires list.[3]

Early life

Flohr was born in Switzerland on 17 March 1960,[4] the son of a teacher.[5] After school he applied unsuccessfully for flight training at Lufthansa's offices in Hamburg.[6] He studied business and political science at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.[7]

Career

From 1985[8][9] until the early 2000s, Flohr worked for the Chicago-based technology firm Comdisco.[6][10] He was President of their European division from 1990 to 1994. He was President of Comdisco's worldwide asset finance division from 1995 to 2000. He would later buy out most of Comdisco's European operations through his Swiss-based group Comprendium Investment, which he still controls.[11]

In 2003 he bought his first Bombardier Learjet 60.[12]

In 2016 Flohr, who spends over 800 hours in the air each year, was named Entrepreneur of the Year by The Living Legends of Aviation awards.[13]

He lives in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[14] As a hobby he competes in motorsport, including the East African Safari Rally, Le Mans 24 Hour and the FIA World Endurance Championship; he is also a sponsor to the Scuderia Ferrari team.[15][16] He collects art, including Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and Sterling Ruby.[5]

Personal life

Flohr was married to Katharina Flohr (née Konečný), formerly creative director of Fabergé and editor of Russian Vogue.[17][18] They had one daughter together, Nina, who was the former brand director of VistaJet.[19][17] On 1 September 2020, the former Greek royal family announced the formal engagement of Miss Flohr with Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, fifth child and third son of King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. The couple married in a civil ceremony in Saint-Moritz, Switzerland on 12 December 2020, with Thomas one of only two guests in attendance.[20]

Legal issues

In 2020, the United States Government announced intentions to seize property belonging to Flohr. The $22 million dollar mansion was the subject of scrutiny after its previous owner, an associate of Flohr's, was implicated in a major corruption scandal.[21]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2017 Switzerland Spirit of Race Italy Francesco Castellacci
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Am
326 41st 12th
2018 Switzerland Spirit of Race Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Am
335 26th 2nd
2019 Switzerland Spirit of Race Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Am
327 43rd 12th
2020 Italy AF Corse Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo GTE
Am
330 39th 13th
2021 Italy AF Corse Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo GTE
Am
329 39th 11th
2022 Italy AF Corse New Zealand Nick Cassidy
Italy Francesco Castellacci
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo GTE
Am
340 39th 6th

References

  1. ^ "Executive Committee | VistaJet". VistaJet. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  2. ^ Peterson-Withorn, Chase. "Meet The World's 259 Newest Billionaires". forbes.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Billionaire Drop-Offs: Tough Year For Superrich As Hundreds Drop Out Of Ranks". forbes.com. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Thomas FLOHR Prize list & statistics". lemans.org. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  5. ^ a b "VistaJet's Thomas Flohr: A collector with a view from the clouds". Retrieved 31 May 2018 – via The Globe and Mail.
  6. ^ a b Meichtry, Stacy (2012-01-27). "The Jet Set". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  7. ^ "VistaJet's Thomas Flohr". Business Jet Traveler. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  8. ^ "Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman at VistaJet". theorg.com. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Thomas Flohr, Senior Vice President, comdisco". vbprofiles.com. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  10. ^ "VistaJet's Thomas Flohr: A collector with a view from the clouds". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  11. ^ Smale, Will (2013-09-16). "Thomas Flohr: The high-flying multi-millionaire". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  12. ^ "From passenger to start-up pilot". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  13. ^ "The Living Legends of Aviation". VerticalMag.com. MHM Publishing.
  14. ^ Bhargava, Anjuli (2016-04-29). "Tea with BS: Thomas Flohr". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  15. ^ "Private Jet Firm VistaJet Announces Ferrari Partnership". Airways Magazine. 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  16. ^ Watkins, Gary (2018-02-07). "Fisichella returns to WEC with Ferrari GTE Am drive". motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  17. ^ a b Garnett, Daisy. "Nina Flohr Is Flying High". Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  18. ^ David, Mark (10 January 2014). "A Wee Mea Culpa (and Correction)". Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Introducing Nina Flohr, New-Age Aviation Royalty - Harper's Bazaar Malaysia". harpersbazaar.my. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  20. ^ "Παντρεύτηκε ο πρίγκιπας Φίλιππος την εκλεκτή της καρδιάς του, Δίδα Nina Flohr". Hello Magazine.
  21. ^ News, Bloomberg (2020-10-23). "U.S. Out to Seize Jet Entrepreneur's $22 Million Bel Air Mansion - BNN Bloomberg". BNN. Retrieved 2022-03-30. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)