Martin Bartenstein

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(businessman, politician)
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Born3 June, 1953
Graz, Austria
Alma materMiami University (Ohio), University of Graz
PartyAustrian People's Party
Double Bilderberg Austrian businessman and politician

Martin Bartenstein is an Austrian Big Pharma owner and politician who held different cabinet portfolios between 1995 and 2008. He is a member of the Austrian People's Party. He attended the 2006 and 2007 Bilderberg conferences.

Early life and education

Bartenstein was born in Graz on 3 June 1953.[1] He obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Graz in 1978.[2]


Bartenstein started his career at his family's company, Lannacher Heilmittel GmbH, in 1978[3] and worked there until 1995.

In 1986 he founded his own pharmaceutical company Genericon together with his fellow Bilderberger Wolfgang Leitner. Their Hungarian subsidiary Pharmavit had great success with carbon tablets and generic drugs and was bought in 1995 by the US pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb for 110 million dollars.

In 1991 Bartenstein became a member of the Austrian parliament for the Austrian People's Party.[2] He served as the minister of environment and public economy from May 1995 to 1996.[3] He was minister of environment, youth, and family affairs from 1996 to 2000.[4] In this post he served first in the cabinet of Franz Vranitzky and then in the cabinet of Viktor Klima.[4]

Then he was named minister of economy and labor in 2000.[1] He retained his post in the coalition cabinet formed by Prime Minister Wolfgang Schüssel in March 2003.[5] On 11 January 2007 he became again minister of economy and labor in the coalition cabinet led by Prime Minister Alfred Gusenbauer.[6] In 2012, Bartenstein was made the traffic affairs spokesman of the Austrian People's Party.[7]

Personal life

Bartenstein married Ilse Bartenstein in 1983 and they have five children, a daughter and four sons.[2]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
54th Bilderberg, held in Canada. 133 guests
Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey
The 55th Bilderberg meeting, held in Turkey