In 2020, Max Kothny became the youngest CEO in German professional football under investor Hasan Kivran. Now, at the age of 25, he is bankrupt with Türkgücü Munich. On a rapid rise and the question of who really decided what.
Anyone who receives a short message from Max Kothny will see these four words in red letters on his profile picture: no salt, no life. They are glued to the facade of a restaurant in Istanbul owned by Nusret Gökce. The salt-tossing chef who once pampered Franck Ribéry with a gold leaf steak and reaped a decadent shitstorm that made him well known in Germany. Before Kothny became the youngest managing director in German professional football, he also worked as a grill master in a Munich steakhouse. Shortly thereafter he had an interview at McDonald’s and then decided: I’d like to do something more exciting. Kothny has always sought the salt for life. However, now, at 25, he, too, is presented with a rather salty receipt.