UK businessman donates EUR 5.5m to museum
5 April 2005, BERLIN - An anonymous British businessman has donated EUR 5.5 million to the German Technical Museum in Berlin, so they can buy adjoining land and stop a planned Ferris wheel being built, according to a report in Tuesday's Tagesspiegel newspaper.
5 April 2005
BERLIN - An anonymous British businessman has donated EUR 5.5 million to the German Technical Museum in Berlin, so they can buy adjoining land and stop a planned Ferris wheel being built, according to a report in Tuesday's Tagesspiegel newspaper.
The money will go to the Berlin senate who will then be able to buy the property next to the museum where the Ferris wheel was planned. The ground will be used to build a long-planned extension to the museum.
The British businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, originally wanted to leave EUR 14.4 million to the museum in his will. The contact to the businessman, apparently long a fan of the museum's aviation collection which is due to open this month, was made by the head of the aviation collection, Holger Steinle.
However when the mystery patron heard of plans by the company World Wheel Berlin Holding to build a Ferris wheel next to the museum, he offered to donate part of the legacy in advance, so that the land could be bought for the museum. Like the museum's management, the businessman felt that an amusement park was not a fitting neighbour for the museum.
Aware of Berlin's precarious financial situation, the donor was apparently concerned that the senate, to whom he would formally transfer the money, might decide to use it for other purposes others than buying the land. The purchase of the land was made a condition in the contract which was signed last weekend after lengthy negotiations.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: German news