Christian “Chris” Töpperwien is a versatile individual known for his roles as an entrepreneur, restaurateur, and participant in reality television shows. His life’s journey has been marked by various business ventures, television appearances, and personal relationships.
Chris Töpperwien was born on February 26, 1974, in Neuss, Germany. In 1993, Töpperwien obtained his university entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife). He initially entered his uncle’s fast-food business, where he managed a branch in Cologne’s Kaufhof department store for a year. Following this, he pursued an apprenticeship as an office communication clerk, which he completed in 1996. In 2003, he founded an advertising agency in Cologne.
In 2011, Töpperwien emigrated to the United States. His initial business venture was the silver jewelry label “Silver Angeles.” In February 2012, he launched the first “No.1 Currywurst Truck” in Los Angeles. While Chris Töpperwien expanded his business into a licensing system, none of the trucks operated in the long run. Additionally, his Wurst-City investors ousted him from his Currywurst shop at Venice Beach.
In early 2019, Bild Direkt released a podcast titled “The ‘Currywurst Man’ File,” lasting over 20 minutes. It featured 14-15 different individuals who approached the Bild editorial team with numerous complaints, including an illegal lottery in California.
On September 21, 2018, the state of California prohibited Töpperwien from using the term “franchise” without a license.
In 2019, Chris Töpperwien won a permanent U.S. green card through the Green Card Lottery, which was assigned to him in March 2021.
Since January 2020, German media outlets, especially Bild-Zeitung and RTL Television, have been revealing more details about Christian Töpperwien’s life, including allegations ranging from investor fraud to instigating tax evasion.
In 2012, Töpperwien became a part of the documentary series “Goodbye Deutschland! Die Auswanderer” on VOX, where he shared insights into his life and work in Los Angeles.
Aside from “Goodbye Deutschland!,” Töpperwien made appearances on various German television programs, including “taff” (Pro7), “Abenteuer Leben Spezial” (kabel eins), “Frühstücksfernsehen” (Sat.1), “Brisant” (ARD), “Drehscheibe Deutschland” (ZDF), “Punkt 12” (RTL), and “Stadtgespräch” (Center. TV, Cologne).
In 2016, he participated alongside his then-wife, Magdalèna Kalley, in the RTL reality show “Das Sommerhaus der Stars – Kampf der Promipaare,” where the couple secured the third position.
In January 2019, Töpperwien was a contestant on the thirteenth season of “Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus!” (I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!) and finished in sixth place. Following this, he participated in the jungle-themed special of “Das perfekte Promi-Dinner.”
On January 28, 2019, RTL2 aired the show “In 90 Tagen zum Erfolg – Auswandern mit Chris Töpperwien” (In 90 Days to Success – Emigrating with Chris Töpperwien). In this program, he guided and advised individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States through investor visas, assisting them with visa processes and suitable business ideas. However, due to low viewership, the show was initially rescheduled to a later time slot and later canceled altogether.
In September 2020, Töpperwien won the first season of the Sat.1 show “Die Festspiele der Reality Stars – Wer ist die hellste Kerze?” (The Festival of Reality Stars – Who Is the Brightest Candle?). In 2021, he participated in the Sat.1 reality TV show “Promis unter Palmen” (Celebrities Under Palms), from which he left prematurely due to an incident with Melanie Müller.
In 2022, Chris Töpperwien appeared as a guest in the show “Ich bin ein Star – Die Stunde danach” (I’m a Celebrity – The Hour After). In the same year, he featured as an accompanying guest in a VIP episode of “Nightwatch – Jenseits der Angst” (Nightwatch – Beyond Fear).
Who is Chris Töpperwien Ex-girlfriend?
In November 2019, Chris Töpperwien revealed his relationship with Austrian model Magalie Berghahn, who is 15 years younger than him. The couple got engaged five weeks later but separated in April 2020.
In 2022, Töpperwien married for the third time in a Los Angeles courthouse. His current wife is named Nicole, and the couple welcomed a son born in the United States in December 2022.