Here are the 10 Germany billionaires right now, ranked.
There are an estimated 2,153 billionaires in the world, according to Forbes.
Approximately 114 of those live in Germany, making it the country with the third-highest concentration of billionaires after the US and China.
The richest people in Germany billionaires are Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr., heirs to the Aldi supermarket fortune, worth an estimated $34.3 billion. Others German billionaires include the CEO of supermarket chain Lidl and part owners of automaker BMW.
Billionaire Heinz Hermann Thiele, a 79-year-old former tank commander turned industrialist, shook markets by building a stake in the ailing national carrier Lufthansa, and tacitly threatening to block its rescue deal by the German government. Meanwhile, Clemens Tönnies, the so-called “beef baron” and owner of Europe’s largest meat manufacturer, made headlines as Covid-19 infected 1,300 of his staff. The virus ran riot through his slaughterhouses in Gütersloh, prompting nationwide debates about working conditions in the industry. Suddenly, the chasm between Germany’s rich, who often go to great lengths to disguise their prosperity, and the country’s middle and poorer classes had come into focus, just as the pandemic raised questions about inequality.
1. Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr.
Net worth: $34.3 billion
Source of wealth: supermarkets
2. Susanne Klatten
Net worth: $20.3 billion
Source of wealth: BMW; pharmaceuticals
3. Dieter Schwarz
Net worth: $18 billion
Source of wealth: retail
4. Stefan Quandt
Net worth: $17.6 billion
Source of wealth: BMW
5. Klaus-Michael Kuehne
Net worth: $17.2 billion
Source of wealth: Shipping