Christel DeHaan is confirmed dead at the age of 77.
Christel was best known as a German-born American timeshare exchange executive and philanthropist.
Christel DeHaan (nee Stark, October 20, 1942 – June 6, 2020) was a German-born American businesswoman and philanthropist, the former owner of Resort Condominiums International, and the founder of Christel House International.
1 Early life
4 Personal life
DeHaan was born in 1942 in Nördlingen, Germany, the daughter of Adolf Stark, a German soldier who died mere weeks before the end of World War II, and his wife Anna Stark. Her stepfather, Wilhelm Riedel died when she was 16. At the age of 16, she moved to the United Kingdom to become a nanny. Aged 20, she emigrated to the United States, settling in Indiana.
In 1974, DeHaan co-founded the pioneering timeshare company Resort Condominiums International, with her then-husband Jon DeHaan. In 1979, he had a heart attack, and she took over the running of the company. In 1987, they divorced; she was awarded half the company and bought the rest for $67.5 million.
In 1995, she sold RCI for $825 million.
DeHaan has given away $220 million, and founded the charity Christel House International.
In 1972, she married Jon DeHaan. She had three children and lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, US. She died on June 6, 2020. DeHaan died Saturday morning at her home surrounded by family.
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