January 5: German Billonare Adolf Merckle commited suizide. He was one of the richest people in Germany. Among his imperium was Ratiopharm, Europes second large pharma dealer company.(Original: PHOENIX PHARMAHANDEL) To his companies also belonged building company Heidelberg Cement AG.
The tyCOOn was in need of 300 Mio Euro.He had been seeking emergency financing for more than two months (that's again three) from a group of more than 30 banks led by Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg.
He died 7:30, 300 m/yards away from his house on the train tracks.
Commerzbank expressed its deep sympathy to Merckle’s family, according to spokeswoman Simone Fuchs (German for "Fox") in Frankfurt today.