|Religion Roman Catholic|
Name Alexander, zu
Born 22 November 1943 (age 79) , Salzburg, Austria (1943-11-22)
Spouse Countess Gabriela of Schonborn-Wiesentheid
Father Ludwig, 6th Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Mother Baroness Marianne of Mayr-Melnhof
Similar People Filippa Sayn‑Wittgenstein (Princesse), Marianne Sayn‑Wittgenstein‑Sayn, Gabriela zu Sayn‑Wittgenstein‑Sayn, Richard - 6th Prince of Sayn, Corinna zu Sayn‑Wittgenstein
Alexander Konrad Friedrich Heinrich Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, (born 22 November 1943 in Salzburg, Austria), a German businessman, MBA HBS '68, is head of the Princely House Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.
In this 1955 photograph, thirteen-year-old Princess Yvonne of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn in Germany is shown tipping back a bottle of Dry Sack sherry as her twelve-year-old brother Prince Alexander sits calmly by, his cigarette nearly finished. The photo was taken while the siblings were aboard a private yacht off the coast of Mallorca. The photographer behind this image was the children's mother, Princess Marianne Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.
A descendant of James II of England and his illegitimate son James Fitzjames, 1st Duke of Berwick, through his father's grandmother Marie Auguste Yvonne de Blacas d'Aulps, he was born in Salzburg as the first son of Ludwig, 6th Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1915–1962) and his wife Baroness Marianne von Mayr-Melnhof (born 1919). Following Prince Ludwig's death in 1962, Alexander succeeded as head of the princely house and, by tradition, as the 7th Prince (German: Fürst) zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.
Prince Alexander is vice president of Europa Nostra and president of Europa Nostra Germany. From 1986 to 2013 he served as president of the German Castles Association, which elected him on 28 April 2013 honorary president as well as president of the "Stiftung der Deutschen Burgenvereinigung" (Foundation of the German Castles Association).
Marriage and children
Alexander married Countess Gabriela of Schönborn-Wiesentheid 1969 at Schloss Weißenstein, Pommersfelden. They have seven children.