b. Vienna, Feb. 26, 1911, d. Vienna, Dec. 12, 1993, certified public accountant and politician (Austrian People's Party, OeVP). 1935-1938 leading member of the "Vaterlaendische Front" (Fatherland Front). 1938/1939 Dachau concentration camp, worked to help those persecuted for political beliefs after 1945. 1945 co-founder of the Austrian People's Party, 1947-1953 general secretary of the Workers' and Employees' Federation (OeAAB), 1949-1953 and 1956-1962 member of the Nationalrat, 1952-1955 state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Trade and Reconstruction, 1956-1968 Minister of Commerce, 1966-1968 Vice-Chancellor, 1969-1989 president of the board of directors of the Creditanstalt bank. Supported the coalition of Socialists (SPOe) and Christian Democrats (OeVP), the social partnership and Austria's economic integration into Europe.
Literature#M. Sporrer and H. Steiner (eds.), F. B. - Zeitzeuge, 1984.