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Michael Mischa Steinrueck
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Michael “Mischa” Steinrueck, 67, passed away in Marin County, California on the 12th of October, 2023. Mischa was born in Colombia, South America, to Austrian parents Michel and Helene. He was welcomed by an elder sister, Gaby. His younger brother, Thomas, made three. Mischa was 9 years old when his family returned to Vienna. There, at the University of Vienna, he obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He later completed a Master’s degree in Economics. Mischa’s life and career spanned the globe. As a young man working with the Peruvian Ministry of Energy, in Lima, he dedicated himself to the science and future of geo-thermal engineering. In years following, his work as an Investment Banker brought him from Frankfurt am Main (D) to Hong Kong, from Tokyo to New York, and finally to San Francisco. Mischa's first words to himself upon seeing the San Francisco Bay for the first time were: "I will live here."Although he "retired" at the age of 50, Michael never stopped working. He passionately committed himself as an Impact Investor and never once passed up on an opportunity to learn something new. Humanly incapable of "sleeping in", he used his early mornings for the pursuit of a menagerie of passions: from pursuing a private pilot’s license flying above Monterey Bay to mountain biking the hills of Marin. But Mischa's true love went always to horses. Mischa’s love of horses began during his mandatory military enrollment in Austria, where he was assigned to the Equestrian Division. After his service, Mischa was offered an opportunity to ride with the world famous Lipizzaner Stallions. In a western saddle, he explored the fields under the Big Sky in Montana. With his horses, he danced on the polo fields in Italy and in Argentina. Mischa was an Equestrian. His very first act of tenancy in his new Marin condo was to install floor to ceiling bookshelves. For Mischa, being surrounded by books was peace. What Mischa wanted--and Mischa knew what he wanted--was for peace, to never wear black, to always drive a convertible, and to avoid eating chicken at any expense. Mischa made an exception for Coq au vin. Mischa’s impact is felt around the world as his authenticity allowed relationships to develop in an instant. He is survived by his three sons, Niklas, Lukas, & Rasmus; his siblings, Gaby and Thomas; his loving partner, Kim; Henriette, the mother of his children; his soulmate Dotti the cat, and his six Argentinian Ponies.