Forbes List 2022
These are the 30 richest Germans – 19-year-old Karlsruher is the world’s youngest billionaire
The current Forbes list provides information on the wealth of the richest people in the world. With Kevin David Lehmann, the youngest billionaire in the world comes from Germany. The company’s founder, Dieter Schwarz, remains the wealthiest German.
This article first appeared on RTL.de.
Despite the Corona crisis and the war in Ukraine: the fortunes of the super-rich continue to grow – also in Germany. Forbes’ current list of the world’s richest people shows who has risen to the top. The Corona Biontech vaccine, developed in Germany, catapulted three Germans into the top 30 richest people in the country. But there are other billionaires who have gotten richer despite the crises.
Elon Musk is the richest person in the world
However, the richest German by far cannot keep up with Tesla founder Elon Musk. According to the Forbes list, Musk has a net worth of 200.8 billion euros. Meanwhile, clearly behind: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose fortune is estimated at around 156.8 billion euros. In fourth position, the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, with a fortune estimated at around 118.3 billion euros. The richest Europeans are Bernard Arnault and his family, who raised it to around 144.9 billion euros with their luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Sephora). This makes him the third richest person in the world.
Lidl founder remains the richest German
By contrast, the fortunes of Dieter Schwarz, whose Schwarz Group includes discounter Lidl and supermarket chain Kaufland, seem almost modest: the eminence grise of the German economy has assets of around 43.2 billion euros. The 82-year-old is the richest German.
Klaus-Michael Kühne has taken a significant leap forward. For years, the entrepreneur tended to grab headlines as a controversial patron of the Hamburg sports club. His logistics company Kühne + Nagel was apparently able to profit from the explosion in transport costs during the corona pandemic. While Klaus-Michael Kühne’s assets amounted to around 13 billion euros in the first Corona year 2020, they grew by leaps and bounds to 24.1 billion euros in one year and were able to again increase significantly to 34.2 billion euros in 2022. With this fabulous increase in wealth, the 84-year-old is the second richest German according to the Forbes list.
And then there are three Germans who became rich thanks to the Corona Biontech vaccine, which was developed in Germany. The best known is the boss of Biontech, Ugur Sahin, who came in 28th with an estimated fortune of 4.9 billion euros. However, identical twins Thomas Strüngmann and Andreas Strüngmann have become even wealthier thanks to Biontech. In 2008, the two brothers took a stake in Biontech with around $180 million, and in 2020 they owned around 50% of the company. Thanks to the corona vaccine, the twin brothers have an estate of 11 billion euros each.
These are the richest Germans in 2022
- Dieter Schwarz (Lidl, Kaufland): 43.2 billion euros
- Klaus-Michael Kuehne (Kuehne + Nagel, logistics): 34.2 billion euros
- Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht junior (Aldi Süd): 33.7 billion euros
- Susanne Klatten (BMW): 22.3 billion euros
- Stefan Quandt (BMW): 19 billion euros
- Reinhold Würth (assembly equipment and tools Würth): 17.4 billion euros
- Theo Albrecht junior & family (Aldi Nord, Traders Joe): 17.2 billion euros
- Thomas Strüngmann & family (Biontech): 11 billion euros
- Andreas Strüngmann & his family (Biontech): 11 billion euros
- Alexander Otto (Otto Group): 10 billion euros
- Andreas von Bechtolsheim (Google): 9.1 billion euros
- Michael Otto (Otto Group): 8.2 billion euros
- Friedhelm Loh (Friedhelm Loh group): 8.2 billion euros
- Francine von Finck & Familie (investor): 7.7 billion euros
- Georg Schaeffler (Schaeffler Group, auto parts): 7.4 billion euros
- Hasso Plattner & Family (SAP): 7.2 billion euros
- Horst Julius Pudwill (Techtronic Industries): 6.3 billion euros
- Axel Oberwelland (August Storck KG, confectionery): 6 billion euros
- Juergen Blickle (SEW-Eurodrive, auto parts): 5.9 billion euros
- Renate Reimann-Hass (JAB Holding Company, consumer goods): €5.3 billion
- Stefan Reimann-Andersen JAB Holding Company, consumer goods): 5.3 billion euros
- Matthias Reimann-Andersen (JAB Holding Company, consumer goods): €5.3 billion
- Wolfgang Reimann (JAB Holding Company, consumer goods): 5.3 billion euros
- Ludwig Merckle (HeidelbergCement): 5.3 billion euros
- Rainer Blickle (SEW-Eurodrive, auto parts): 5.2 billion euros
- Erich Wesjohann (EW Group, food): 5.1 billion euros
- Ugur Sahin (Biontech): 4.9 billion euros
- Dietmar Hopp & his family (SAP): 4.9 billion euros
- Wolfgang Marguerre & family (Octapharma): 4.8 billion euros
- Maximilian Viessmann (Viessmann Group, heating and air conditioning technology): 4.6 billion euros
The world’s youngest billionaire is from Germany
The world’s youngest billionaire also comes from Germany. Kevin David Lehmann is only 19 years old, but the young man already owns 50% of the dm pharmacy chain. His father Günther Lehmann already took a stake in the pharmacy chain dm in 1973 and acquired 50% of the company’s shares, which he passed on to his son at an early age. Kevin David Lehmann’s fortune is estimated at around 2.2 billion euros. On the Forbes list of the richest people in the world, he ranks 1292. Will he be the richest German in a few years?