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Christian Wulff
Bundespräsident a. D.
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Wulff in 2014
President of Germany
In office
30 June 2010 – 17 February 2012
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Horst Köhler
Succeeded by Joachim Gauck
Minister President of Lower Saxony
In office
4 March 2003 – 30 June 2010
Deputy Walter Hirche
Philipp Rösler
Jörg Bode
Preceded by Sigmar Gabriel
Succeeded by David McAllister
Deputy Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
7 November 1998 – 30 June 2010
Leader Wolfgang Schäuble
Angela Merkel
Preceded by Angela Merkel
Succeeded by Ursula von der Leyen
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in Lower Saxony
In office
20 June 1994 – 19 June 2008
Preceded by Josef Stock
Succeeded by David McAllister
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union in the Landtag of Lower Saxony
In office
23 June 1994 – 4 March 2003
Preceded by Jürgen Gansäuer
Succeeded by David McAllister
Member of the Landtag of Lower Saxony
for Osnabrück-West
In office
23 June 1994 – 11 June 2010
Preceded by Karin Detert-Weber
Succeeded by Fritz Güntzler
Personal details
Born (1959-06-19) 19 June 1959 (age 64)
Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Christiane Vogt
(m. 1988; div. 2006)

Bettina Körner
(m. 2008)
Children 2
Residence(s) Großburgwedel
Alma mater University of Osnabrück
Awards Toleranzpreis der Evangelischen Akademie Tutzing (2014)

Christian Wilhelm Walter Wulff (German: [ˈkʁɪsti̯a(ː)n ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈvaltɐ ˈvʊlf]; born 19 June 1959) is a retired German politician and lawyer who served as President of Germany from 2010 to 2012. A member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), he previously served as minister president of the state of Lower Saxony from 2003 to 2010. He was elected to the presidency in the 30 June 2010 presidential election, defeating opposition candidate Joachim Gauck and taking office immediately, although he was not sworn in until 2 July. With the age of 51, he became Germany's youngest president.

On 17 February 2012, Wulff resigned as President of Germany, facing the prospect of prosecution for allegations of corruption relating to his prior service as Minister President of Lower Saxony. In 2014, he was acquitted of all corruption charges by the Hanover regional court.

Early life and education

Wulff was born in Osnabrück and is Roman Catholic. He was the first Roman Catholic to hold the post of President of Germany since Heinrich Lübke (1959–1969) and the first President to have been born in the post-World War II period. His father left the family, and he grew up with his mother. As a teenager, he took responsibility for the care of his younger sister, after his mother developed multiple sclerosis. After completing his Abitur at the Ernst Moritz Arndt Gymnasium in Osnabrück, Wulff studied law with a specialisation in economics at the University of Osnabrück. He joined the Christian Democratic Union of Germany in 1975. In 1987 and 1990, he passed the first and second state examinations in law, and has since worked as an attorney.

Awards and recognitions

  • 2014 Toleranzpreis der Evangelischen Akademie Tutzing

Personal life

Christian Wulff met his first wife, lawyer Christiane Vogt (born 1961), when they were both law students in Osnabrück in 1983. They married in March 1988, and have a daughter, Annalena (born 1993). In June 2006, Wulff announced their divorce. Wulff subsequently married Bettina Körner (born 1973 in Hannover), on 21 March 2008 at a ceremony in Castle Herrenhausen, near Hannover. She has a son Leander Balthasar (2003) from a previous relationship. On 12 May 2008, gave birth to their first child together, a boy named Linus. Wulff and second wife Bettina announced their separation in January 2013, and he moved out of their Hannover home. They started divorce proceedings in March 2015, but reconciled a mere two months thereafter. They separated a second time in 2018.

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