Descendant of the powerful von Bismarck German family who was also a part of the country's Christian Democratic Union political party. He became a member of the Bundestag, the German parliament, in 2005.
He worked in public relations in the U.S.
His great-great-grandfather was the famous German chancellor Otto von Bismarck.
He has two children with wife Nathalie Bariman.
He was formerly married to the Mexican-American actress Laura Harring.