Verona Pooth: Seven Facts About the German TV Personality

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Verona Pooth Facts

Verona Pooth is one of the most famous German tv personalities in the last decades, being one of the firsts – if not the first – who became “famous for nothing with a huge sympathy-factor”. She became very well-known through self-marketing and the strategy “play dumb, be smart”. In February 2019, the former beauty peagant (Miss Germany 1993, Miss American Dream 1995), advertising figure and ex-wife of the famous German music producer Dieter Bohlen, released her autobiography called Nimm dir alles, gib viel: Das Verona-Prinzip ( = Take everything, give much: the Verona principle).

  • Verona Pooth (born Feldbusch) was born on April, 30, 1968 in Bolivia, but grew up in Germany. Her German father and Bolivian mother got divorced when she was ten years old. She attended Hauptschule ( = lowest school leaving certificate in Germany after 9th grade). Next to German, she also speaks Spanish.
  • Verona Pooth especially became famous in Germany in 1996 after the short marriage with German music producer Dieter Bohlen. The two married in Las Vegas and separated only four weeks later under a great media spectacle. In tv interviews after their break up, Verona Pooth claimed that Dieter Bohlen beat her. He said that it happened in the heat of the moment when she threw a key towards him. In a talk show from 2018, she commented their marriage:
  • “I was young and needed the money”. In her autobiography from 2019, she describes Dieter Bohlen in a more positive way than he was portrayed in media. In her biography, she revealed that this was just a statement. She would have never married Bohlen if she didn’t loved him.
  • She met her husband, Franjo Pooth, in 2000. According to Verona (back then still Feldbusch), she was taking a walk at the Formula 1 circuit in Silverstone. During the first meeting, she was wondering about his name “Franjo”. Her friend Sonja told her that he is actually a very funny and kind person and completely Verona Pooth’s type. The two started dating and finally fell in love with each other – which took some time. The couple celebrated their civil marriage in 2004 and their church wedding in 2005, followed by media. They have two sons: San Diego (born in 2003) and Rocco Ernesto (born in 2011).
  • Her husband Franjo Pooth was the owner of a company called Maxfield GmbH, which was also marketed through his and his wife’s appearance on talk shows. The company was founded in 2003 and became insolvent in 2008. Creditors demanded 27 million euros and the insolvency proceedings had been widely discussed in the media. In the end, Franjo Pooth was condemned for economic crime. He was sentenced to one year in probation by the Düsseldorf District Court and had to pay 100,000 euros to the insolvency administrator for the granting of advantages and bribery in business dealings, as well as for breach of trust and negligent delay in insolvency.
  • She is a famous advertising figure in Germany. For example for the textile discount chain Kik or Iglo in the past. Next to acting in ads, she also starred in several films.
  • One of the most famous German feminists, Alice Schwarzer, criticized Verona Pooth a lot during a talk at the Johannes B. Kerner Show in 2001. Schwarzer accused Pooth of portraying an “anti-emancipated” woman in media, acting “dumb, but beautiful”: “… you take a camera between your breasts and say that everything they touch becomes big …. well, at least you earn more money with it than the women on St. Pauli!” (St. Pauli is a famous red light district in Hamburg, Germany). The famous talk show battle between Verona Pooth as “the beauty” and Alice Schwarzer as “the brain” is one of the milestones of German television history. According to Pooth, a woman can be emancipated and also take care of herself.
  • She is also very well-known for her high voice and fast yet smart talking style as well as her looks, which are sometimes criticized as too bold.

Featured image (cropped): Verona Pooth – Dirk Vorderstraße Wikimedia – CC B Y 3.0

February 28, 2019
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