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Leo Kirch – Zocker, Menschenfänger, Medientycoon

Leo Kirch hat die deutsche Medienlandschaft geprägt. Seine Karriere begann im Nichts – mit dem Kauf von Fellinis "La Strada".

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Wie wenig sich Leo Kirch aus Protz und Statussymbolen machte, mussten auch seine Angestellten erst einmal lernen. Ende der 90er-Jahre muss es der Anekdote zufolge gewesen sein, als der Medienmanager in seiner Firmenzentrale am Rande eines Gewerbegebiets vor München neuen Teppich verlegen ließ.

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Ohne Geld nach Italien

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Kirch geht große Risiken ein

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Der Wunsch nach mehr

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Kirch engagierte sich auch bei Zeitungen

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Kirch, der gläubige Katholik

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Kirch, der Strippenzieher

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Die Auseinandersetzung mit Rolf Breuer

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