Car rental patriarch Sixt struggles with the Greens

Shortly before the general election, the Greens can achieve historically high poll ratings. But not every citizen can do something with the party. One of them is the head of the Sixt car company.

Car rental company Erich Sixt, 76, has little to do with the Greens. Sixt made this clear in an interview with the news magazine “Der Spiegel”: “The problem is not the candidate, but the party program,” says Sixt.

One of the reasons for this is the party’s planned wealth tax. According to Sixt, this is “an excellent populist tool” because it only affects two percent of the population who did not vote green anyway. “The difficulties start with the fact that I don’t have the money lying around. Take our market value, which is currently five billion euros. If I had to pay wealth tax on it, it would be higher than the amount that the company pays out in dividends. The result would probably be that more and more entrepreneurs would sell their company. “

Sixt calls the discussion whether one should do without a car for the sake of the climate as “typically German” and adds: “If you shut down all cars in Germany, the world climate would by no means be saved. A global solution would be needed for that”.

Sixt would have “almost died a couple of times”

In mid-June, Patriarch Sixt retired from the management of his car rental company, which he took over from his father in 1969. He was shaped by his childhood in the war ruins of Munich: “Our apartment also served as an office, the house was half destroyed, in the middle of it was a tank that nobody had cleared away”. says Sixt. “I don’t know how often, without knowing it, I risked my life because I played with bomb blind men in the rubble. In general, death was my constant companion, from an early age.”

Sixt also says that he almost died a couple of times: “I had all kinds of childhood diseases, diphtheria, tuberculosis.” Not much was missing, “and we would have starved to death”.

To this day, Sixt attaches great importance to economy. Sometimes after work he goes through the employees’ offices in his company wing to turn off the lights, says Sixt


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