Christian “Chris” Töpperwien is a multifaceted individual known for his roles as an entrepreneur, restaurateur, and participant in reality television shows. His life 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). Initially, he worked in his uncle’s fast-food business, managing a branch in Cologne’s Kaufhof department store for a year. Subsequently, 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, where he embarked on his initial business venture with the silver jewelry label “Silver Angeles.” In February 2012, he launched the first “No.1 Currywurst Truck” in Los Angeles. Although Chris Töpperwien expanded his business into a licensing system, none of the trucks operated in the long run. Additionally, he faced challenges as his investors ousted him from his Currywurst shop at Venice Beach.
In early 2019, Bild Direkt released a podcast titled “The ‘Currywurst Man’ File,” which lasted over 20 minutes and featured 14-15 individuals who approached the Bild editorial team with various complaints, including allegations of 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.
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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.
Apart 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 on 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).