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Dietmar Hopp
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job Owner of Hoffenheim
Desc Bundesliga side Hoffenheim may not be global players, but their owner Dietmar Hopp is an influential businessman in the software and data processing sector having helped to found SAP SE. Hopp, who is reported to have invested nearly €400 million into Hoffenheim, is heavily criticised by football fans in Germany, but was notably to the fore in the search for a coronavirus vaccine in 2020.

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2020 03 01 Retrieve

[Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp has hit back against protests against his ownership of the Bundesliga club, saying he will not stop attending matches] If I remotely knew what these idiots wanted from me, it would be all the easier for me to understand. I can’t explain why they are so hostile towards me. It reminds me of very dark times. I don’t want to talk to these people. It’s pointless. They live in another world. I don’t want to and I can’t talk to them, not at all. I don’t know what to say to them. Why shouldn’t I go to the stadium anymore? The people who do this are the ones who should stay away

2020 03 03 Retrieve

[Hopp’s own response was even more resolute, calling the supporters in question ‘idiots,’ before claiming that their actions would not deter him from attending games] If I remotely knew what these idiots wanted from me, it would be all the easier for me to understand. I can’t explain why they are so hostile towards me. It reminds me of very dark times

2020 03 16 Retrieve

[The Hoffenheim chief has revealed that CureVac have been on the frontlines of the crisis since the turn of the year, and he insists that a breakthrough could be made in the next six to seven months. When asked how long it will be before a vaccine is released to the public] That depends on the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (the german institute for vaccines). It has to be tested first with animals and then with human beings. But I think it could be available in autumn at the time when possibly the next wave of infections will come

[Hopp, however, insists that the vaccine will not be privatised] If we succeed soon to develop an effective vaccine against the coronavirus then this vaccine should reach, protect and help people all over the world and not only in one region.

2020 03 16b Retrieve

[UEFA officials are due to convene on Tuesday to discuss how best to move forward regarding the current season, with it suggested that Euro 2020 may be pushed back by a year to allow clubs to complete their schedules] This tournament [Euro 2020] has to be cancelled, it could be played next year. This would have the advantage that the Club World Cup could not be played. That tournament [the Club World Cup] is not advisable anyway

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[Billionaire Hopp, recently targeted by fans around the Bundesliga due to his heavy investment in Hoffenheim, was unequivocal in his support of the ban on football, but thinks big clubs should step in to help] This break is absolutely necessary because people’s health must be the priority. There cannot and must not be two opinions. Football cannot separate itself from society - and we would be well advised not to claim a special role in this absolute crisis and exceptional situation. Countless small and medium-sized businesses in this country are facing these problems, and many people have to put up with enormous restrictions and burdens. The same applies there as in football: it is the hour of solidarity. The strong help the weak. I have a lot of sympathy for the idea of ​​a solidarity fund to deal with this exceptional situation. There should be no prohibitions on thinking. We at Hoffenheim will definitely work out an idea. We want to develop a vaccine for the whole world, not for a country, not for certain classes, not for certain parts of the world. This vaccine, if successfully developed and tested, is not intended to be a speculation or power tool, but to help curb a global crisis