Christel DeHaan

About Christel DeHaan

Birth Year: 1942
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Occupation: founder, Christel House International
Known for: co-founder and former owner, Resort Condominiums International
Spouse(s): Jon DeHaan (1973-87)
Children: 3
Parent(s): Adolf Stark Anna Stark

Christel DeHaan

Christel DeHaan was born on 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. DeHaan cofounded timeshare pioneer Resort Condominiums International with then-husband Jon in 1974. She got half the company when the couple divorced in 1987, then bought out her ex for $67.5 million in 1989. DeHaan sold RCI for $825 million in 1996, taking home an estimated $550 million. She has given over $220 million to charity, mostly through Christel House, her education nonprofit.

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I learned that it is OK to make mistakes as long as you learn from them and don't repeat them.



She was born in 1942 in Nördlingen, Germany, the daughter of Adolf Stark, a German soldier who died mere weeks before the end of World War II, and his wife Anna Stark. Her stepfather, Wilhelm Riedel died when she was 16. At the age of 16, she moved to the United Kingdom to become a nanny. Aged 20, she emigrated to the United States, settling in Indiana.


In 1972, she married Jon DeHaan. She has three children and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, US.


In 1974, DeHaan co-founded the pioneering timeshare company Resort Condominiums International, with her then-husband Jon DeHaan. In 1979, he had a heart attack, and she took over the running of the company. In 1987, they divorced; she was awarded half the company and bought the rest for $67.5 million.

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