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Adidas heirs in Confrontation with the Group

Once estranged, now united again. Adolf Dassler’s heirs entered into dispute with one another; now the radio silence has ended, so that the estate and the rights of the company’s founder Adolf can be protected.

The West German team who were World Champions in 1954 were outfitted with football boots by Adolf Dassler
The West German team who were World Champions in 1954 were outfitted with football boots by Adolf Dassler

As the business magazine “Capital” reported in its Thursday edition on 19 May, the reasons for this are not only nostalgic ones, because the Adidas heirs also wish to do business with this. For this purpose, the family branch of the Bentes, among others, has opened the Adi Dassler International Family Office in the Bahamas. At the moment, the fortunes of ten families are currently being managed here; in the course of the year 2016 it should grow to as many as 30 customers. In addition, an incubator for start-ups in the sports business should start in Berlin in Summer 2017.

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Adi Dassler with his wife Käthe (left) and his two daughters Inge and Karin
Adi Dassler with his wife Käthe (left) and his two daughters Inge and Karin

“The family wishes to preserve Adi Dassler’s heritage”, according to Horst Bente, which means, for example, that the brand rights such as those for Dassler’s signature should be protected.

The Adidas Group is not at all thrilled by this strategic move and has already contested the registration of the rights. According to information from “Capital”, discussions between the family and the management of Adidas have already been taking place for a few months.

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