German mogul kills self over financial meltdown

There are 32 comments on the Fort Mill Times story from Jan 6, 2009, titled German mogul kills self over financial meltdown. In it, Fort Mill Times reports that:

German billionaire Adolf Merckle threw himself in front of a train after his business empire, which included interests ranging from VW cars to pharmaceuticals to cement, ran into trouble in the global financial ...

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Dave

Columbia, MO

#1 Jan 6, 2009
Awwww Poor billionaire...

Since: Jan 08

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#2 Jan 6, 2009
Financial troubles lead to this. It's not uncommon, but it's sad...

“I like mexican food a LOT”

Since: Dec 08

Various Cities in Marin County

#4 Jan 6, 2009
That's just crazy. 9.4 billion is what forbes said he was worth. Even losing 95% of everything would leave him with 470million, more money then most people could spend even if they tried. What a shame that people had to lose a family member and friend due to money, esp when the reality is, he had no real problem.
auroranorth

Park Falls, WI

#6 Jan 6, 2009
that is if he didnt have help, its not rocket science to see this was a professional hit on the free worlds economies by the Mossad, Now they murder witnesses and spend their money in Gaza
Teutonic Prince

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 Jan 6, 2009
Dave wrote:
Awwww Poor billionaire...
Show some compassion!

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#9 Jan 6, 2009
Teutonic Prince wrote:
Show some compassion!
Wait... of all of the other comments, you chose THAT one and told him to show more compassion?

“Lets get drunk and then screw”

Since: Jul 07

Fort Liquordale

#10 Jan 6, 2009
DemonicPenguin wrote:
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Wait... of all of the other comments, you chose THAT one and told him to show more compassion?
LOL
Teutonic Prince

Oklahoma City, OK

#11 Jan 6, 2009
DemonicPenguin wrote:
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Wait... of all of the other comments, you chose THAT one and told him to show more compassion?
His seemed more sarcastic, the other ones were just making a point.

But I guess you are right though.
Earl

Las Cruces, NM

#12 Jan 6, 2009
What a fool ! Kills himself over money ! What a waste of his life , money does not bring real happiness just a temporary joy ! Life is short , and death is forever !
auroranorth

Park Falls, WI

#13 Jan 6, 2009
this makes 12 that we know of so far
Marie

Wenatchee, WA

#15 Jan 6, 2009
My heart goes out to his family. It's hard to make sense of things when a loved one takes their own life. Perhaps he felt that he had let down everyone that depended on him.
auroranorth

Park Falls, WI

#17 Jan 7, 2009
vvhitecracker wrote:
<quoted text>german style hara-kiri?
a capitol G
auroranorth

Park Falls, WI

#18 Jan 7, 2009
And regardless of the pap in the press He is Not A German,

“Kiss Me You Fool!”

Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

#20 Jan 7, 2009
Actually, financial troubles aren't the root cause. Many of us have financial troubles. Many of us have far less than this billionaire had even AFTER he lost his all.

Folks like this are weak. Take away their silver spoon and they choke.

“Kiss Me You Fool!”

Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

#21 Jan 7, 2009
DemonicPenguin wrote:
Financial troubles lead to this. It's not uncommon, but it's sad...
Sad for who? Other Billionaires.

Kill yourself because you only have a few hundred million is not sad, it's a example for the rest of us of how weak minded we can become when we place emphasis on the wrong things.

I count my blessings and I don't have an 1/8 of what he was left with.

“Doncha' miss me?”

Since: Dec 08

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#22 Jan 7, 2009
He got wiped out with a $9.2 billion net worth? Amazing.

If he set aside a little "pin money" in a passbook account, he'd still be in good shape. Not on the Forbes list maybe, but he wouldn't have to be a greeter at Wal-Mart.
Observer

Göteborg, Sweden

#23 Jan 7, 2009
Sad of course for Mr. Merckle and family as he was after all the builder and owner of the business, unlike the fraudsters in Wall Street who are just managing employees taking advantage of their CEO, etc.. positions to fleece investors with so-called Golden Parachutes and fantasy bonuses.

The story is a warning to shorters.
Grady

Nashville, NC

#24 Jan 7, 2009
Ritchy Rich wrote:
That's just crazy. 9.4 billion is what forbes said he was worth. Even losing 95% of everything would leave him with 470million, more money then most people could spend even if they tried. What a shame that people had to lose a family member and friend due to money, esp when the reality is, he had no real problem.
"RR" Perhaps he thought he could take the remaining 9.4 billion with him.
Kowloon Bay

Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong

#25 Jan 7, 2009
Absolute shocking!
I don’t want to be a billionaire any more.
I am going to give away all my money.
Send in your name and address, plus a $100 check for admin fee, if you want a slice of this freebie.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#26 Jan 7, 2009
Teutonic Prince wrote:
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Show some compassion!
Why. He should have had Madoff holding his hand.

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