The Full List of German Billionaires In 2023 - Who Are The Richest People In Germany?
How many billionaires does Germany have?
Germany is the country with the most billionaires in Europe, full of 134 super rich share the total assets of about US$608 billion.
Germany ranks fourth in the world in terms of the number of billionaires, behind US, China and India.
Who are the richest people in Germany?
As of January 2023, Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr., the owners of the supermarket chain Aldi (in Germany Aldi Süd), were the wealthiest Germans, based on a ranking by Forbes. Dieter Schwarz (owner of the Schwarz-Gruppe) and Klaus-Michael Kühnecame in second and third place respectively.
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In the top 10 richest people in Europe, three are from German.
Who are they?
Dieter Schwarz, best known for Europe’s low cost supermarket giant Lidl, has enjoyed a successful year, boosting his estimated net worth by over $10 billion to $47.1 billion. Logistics magnate Klaus-Michael Kuehne has emerged as one of the richest people in Europe, up $11 billion in a year to an estimated $37.3 billion thanks to his stake in Kühne + Nagel, the shipping empire founded by his grandfather. Christian Angermayer, who invests in life sciences, fintech, AI, psychedelics and cryptocurrencies, is one of seven new German billionaires.
|Europe’s Top Ten Richest, 2023 |
1. Bernard Arnault, France, $158 billion
2. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, France, $74 billion
3. Amancio Ortega, Spain, $59 billion
4. Dieter Schwarz, Germany, $47 billion
5. Rodolphe Saade, France, $41 billion
6. Francois Pinault, France, $40 billion
7. Klaus Michael Kuehne, Germany, $37 billion
8. Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr, Germany, $36 billion
9. Giovanni Ferrero, Italy, $36 billion
10. Alain Wertheimer, France, $31 billion
10. Gerard Wertheimer, France, $31 billion
Who are Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr.-richest people in Germany?
Heirs to the Aldi retail fortune, Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr. are the children of Karl Albrecht Sr., who died in 2014 at age 94.
After World War II, Karl Sr. and his brother, Theo Sr., who died in 2010 at age 88, took over their family's corner grocery store in Essen, Germany.
In 1961, the brothers split ownership: Karl Sr. took the stores in southern Germany (Aldi Sued), plus rights to the Aldi brand in the U.K., Australia and the U.S.
In the U.S., Aldi has more than 2,000 stores in 36 states, offering low prices and no-frills shopping.
Theo Sr. got the stores in northern Germany and the rest of Europe. In 1971, he bought U.S. grocery chain Trader Joe's.
Who is the youngest billionaire in Germany?
A 20-year-old German citizen Kevin David Lehmann is the world’s youngest billionaire with a net worth of $1.7 billion. He has received the stakes in the German drugstore chain dm (drogerie markt) from his father, Guenther Lehmann. In the Forbes world’s billionaire list, his rank is 1634.
As per the Forbes website, Dm, a leading drugstore chain headquartered in Karlsruhe city in Germany was founded by Goetz Werner in 1973. In 1974, Guenther invested in it.
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Who is Germany’s richest woman?
Susanne Hanna Ursula Klatten is a German billionaire heiress, the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt. Her net worth was estimated at US$23.4 billion, and the richest woman in Germany and the 65th richest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Susanne was born on the 28th day of April 1962 to Herbert Quandt and Johanna Quandt; who was the third wife of the German businessman. Herbert had four children from his previous two marriages. After his death in 1982, his wealth was shared amongst his wives and children.
After obtaining a degree in business finance, Susanne worked for an advertising agency, Young & Rubicam in Frankfurt from 1981 to 1983. She went further to study a course in Marketing as well as Management at the University of Buckingham. The billionaire heiress also has an MBA from IMD Business School in Lausanne where she specialized in Advertising.
She interned at several banks and management consultancies and also interned as a trainee at BMW under the name Susanne Kant to avoid revealing her identity.
|Susanne was married to Jan Klatten in 1990 and together, they had three children. In 2018 however, the duo got separated. |
She also founded an educational centre for innovation and business creation, UnternehmerTUM at the Technical University of Munich.
She also founded the Nantesbuch Foundation, an estate site that was converted into an art and nature foundation is to allow people to experience the power of nature.
She owns 40% of Entrust Datacard, a closely held credit card and passport manufacturer.
Susanne Klatten is politically inclined towards the center-right political party, the Christian Democratic Union and often supports donations to support their operations.
Top 26 richest billionaires in Germany
1.Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. & family: $34.9 billion
2.Dieter Schwarz: $33.8 billion
3.Klaus-Michael Kuehne: $28.8 billion
4.Susanne Klatten: $24.8 billion
5.Stefan Quandt: $21.9 billion
6.Theo Albrecht Jr & family: $17.7 billion
7.Reinhold Wuerth & family: $14.0 billion
8.Thomas Struengmann & family: $12.7 billion
9.Andreas Struengmann & family: $12.7 billion
10.Andreas Von Bechtolsheim & family: $9.5 billion
11.Alexander Ottto: $8.7 billion
12.Michael Otto: $8.7 billion
13.Friedhelm Loh: $8.6 billion
14.Francine Von Finck & family: $8.2 billion
15.Georg Schaeffler: $7.7 billion
16.Hasso Plattner & family: $7.6 billion
17.Axel Oberwelland &Siblings: $6.4 billion
18.Juergen Blickle: $6.2 billion
19.Ugur Sahin: $6.0 billion
20.Matthias Reimann-Andersen: $5.8 billion
21.Renate Reimann-Haas: $5.8 billion
22.Stefan Reimann-Andersen: $5.8 billion
23.Wolfgang Reimann: $5.8 billion
24.Ludwig Merckle: $5.6 billion
25.Erich Wesjohann & family: $5.5 billion
26.Horst Julius Pudwill: $5.0 billion
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