Heidi Horten is an Austrian born widow of the billionaire business man Helmut Horten. Sheinherited her wealth upon the death of her husband, founder of the widely popular German department store business, Horten AG. Heidi was born in Austria on 13th February 1941. She was aged 19 in the year 1960 when she met her husband who was 32 years her senior in a hotel bar in Velden am Wörthersee. Horten was a German entrepreneur who built the fourth-largest chain of department stores in Germany- the Horten AG from the ground-up.
Helmut was a son of a judge who apprenticed in department stores in Germany before he took over the business from the Jewish owners in the year 1933. This was when the Nazis came in to power as the owners fled to United States of America in order to save their lives. He received the necessary financial aid from Wilhelm Reinhold of the Commerz and Disconto Bank. The couple got married on July 23, 1966 in Düsseldorf-Lohausen and moved to Croglio in the Swiss canton of Ticino at the end of 1968.