William von Meister
A picture of William in 1989
|Born||February 21, 1942|
New York City, United States
|Died||May 18, 1995 (aged 53)|
Great Falls, Virginia, United States
|Father||F.W. von Meister|
William F. von Meister (February 21, 1942 - May 18, 1995) was an American entrepreneur who founded and participated in a number of startup ventures in the Washington, D.C., area. These included The Source, an early online service and CompuServe competitor, and Control Video Corporation, a predecessor company to America Online.
William Ferdinand von Meister was of German Noble descent and born on February 21, 1942 in New York City to F. W. von Meister and Eleanora Colloredo-Mannsfeld. His father, F. W. von Meister, was the godson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, his mother a countess. In the 1930s, F. W. von Meister was the United States representative of the Zeppelin Company (Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH) that built the Hindenburg.
William von Meister attended high school at Middlesex Academy in Massachusetts, and a finishing school in Switzerland. He then attended Georgetown University. Though he never completed his undergraduate education, he persuaded nearby American University to enroll him in its master's program for business.
Von Meister has at least one brother, Peter. Bill von Meister died of cancer in Great Falls, Virginia, at the age of 53, leaving behind his son, Fredrick William von Meister. Frederick later passed away in 2004 leaving behind a son Maximilian.
As Head of the House of Meister, and therefore a Prussian Lord, he held the style of Sir.