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Tengelmann chief Karl-Erivan Haub missing in Swiss Alps

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    Karl-Erivan Haub pictured on 7 October 2014Image copyright AFP
    Image caption Karl-Erivan Haub has been head of the Tengelmann retail empire since 2000

    Rescue teams are searching for one of Germany’s richest men, who has gone missing while skiing in the Swiss Alps.

    Karl-Erivan Haub, heir to the Tengelmann supermarket chain, did not return from an off-piste skiing expedition near the Matterhorn on Saturday.

    A Tengelmann spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday that a “full-speed” search was underway for Mr Haub.

    The 58-year-old billionaire has been in charge of the firm since 2000.

    It owns various supermarket brands in Germany and Central Europe.

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    Image caption The Matterhorn is on the Swiss-Italian border

    In a letter published in the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the supermarket boss’ brother, Christian Haub, said he was an experienced skiier and mountaineer.

    He said he was still hopeful his brother would be found, but that the Haub family – one of Germany’s wealthiest – was “prepared” for bad news.

    If Mr Haub could not be located, “the business will continue to run smoothly and orderly”, he added.

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