Landgrave Donatus von Hessen heads up the family’s Hessische foundation and the non-profit House of Hesse cultural foundation. Both foundations are dedicated to preserving and promoting the dynasty’s art and cultural heritage and making them accessible to the public. The foundations generate the funds for that enormous task with estates and agricultural properties, including the Panker and Schmoel farmsteads in Schleswig-Holstein, a Trakehner stud farm, and two five-star hotels in the Rhine-Main region, the Schlosshotel Kronberg and the Grand Hotel Hessischer Hof. In addition, they mount various outdoor events in areas such as gardens, artisanry, and design, and own the renowned Prinz von Hessen vineyard.
Landgrave Donatus studied business in Hamburg, with additional training as a real estate economist.
He lives with his wife Floria and three children in Kronberg im Taunus.
He is an avid rider, breeds Trakehners, and devotes much of his private time and energy to promotional activities for the arts and culture.