Prince Hans-Adam II is the eldest son of Prince Franz Josef II and Princess Gina. He is the first Prince of Liechtenstein to have grown up in Liechtenstein and the 15th reigning Prince overall.
Prince Hans-Adam II was born on February 14, 1945, and grew up with his three brothers and his sister in the parental home at Vaduz Castle. He attended elementary school in Vaduz and was a member of the Vaduz scout troop.
In 1956, Prince Hans-Adam II entered the Schottengymnasium in Vienna, where his father Prince Franz Josef II had also studied. In 1960, he transferred to the Grammar School in Zuoz, which he completed in 1965 with the Swiss advanced-level diploma and the German Abitur certificate. After high school, Prince Hans-Adam II worked as a trainee at a bank in London. Besides his native language, German, he also speaks English and French. In autumn 1965 Prince Hans-Adam II took up his studies in Business and Economics at the University of St. Gallen, which he completed in 1969 with the degree of Licentiate.
On July 30, 1967, Prince Hans-Adam II married Countess Marie Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau. They have four children:
In 1972, Prince Hans-Adam II – then still the Hereditary Prince – was entrusted by his father Prince Franz Josef II with reorganizing the assets of the Princely House.
In 1984 - in the 45th year of his father’s reign – he was appointed his father’s permanent representative and entrusted with responsibility for state business. Prince Hans-Adam II assumed the regency on November 13, 1989, following the death of his father. On August 15, 2004, Prince Hans-Adam II appointed his eldest son, Hereditary Prince Alois, as his permanent representative, in preparation for his succession to the throne.