Jack of all Trades - The Life of Camillo Castiglioni
Der Millionensassa - Das Leben des Camillo Castiglioni
There were very few million dollar businesses in Austria after the First World War in which «inflation king» Camillo Castiglioni did not have a hand. The super rich self made man upstaged everyone with his shady deals. For some, Castiglioni is a visionary financial wizard, for others a grasping and sinister character. The Trieste born social climber polarises opinion, with Karl Kraus demonising him as a loan shark. However, Castiglioni surprised both his friends and his enemies. He didn't just have a passion for women and cars but he loved fighter aircraft and fine art. Castiglioni had a feel both for grandeur and the grand gesture. Max Reinhardt would probably not have been able to found the Salzburg Festival without his contributions. And hardly anyone remembers these days that it was Castiglioni who founded BMW and turned it into a car manufacturer.