Lou Schwab was born in 1935 in the Palatinate province of Germany. during World War II he survived several direct bombings, two mass evacuations, and long periods of food shortages and starvation. He's an ex-toolmaker, blacksmith, lumberjack, miner, transport manager, telex operator, sales engineer, sales manager, real estate agent, diamond dealer, trader, exporter, now turned author.
Married to Fritzi (nee Hagenmeier) since 1957, they have 3 children: 2 boys and 1 girl. Lou has been living and working in South Africa since 1962. He is presently retired and financially independent.