"Wittgenstein sat at the desk, a bear of a man"
Karl and Leopoldine Wittgenstein
Karl Wittgenstein (1847-1913), one of the wealthiest men in Europe, comparable to the Krupps and the Rothschilds. He made his fortune in steel. In 1898 he stepped down from active participation in his various concerns and became a patron of the arts. He married Leopodine Kalmus (1850-926) in 1873 on St. Valentine's Day in St. Stephen's Cathedral. They had eight children, two of whom, Ludwig and Paul, became internationally famous.