The author Manfred Popp was born 1941 in Heilbronn / Germany. When his father was killed in war in Russia, the mother moved with him as an infant to the grandparents in the Black Forest. After finishing High School, he studied economics and earned his degree at the University of Munich. In the following years he held several management positions in industry and worked as an independent business consultant for small and medium-sized enterprises. With 64 years he ended his career and retired.