– Who is financially secure? Manager magazine has published a list of the 500 richest Germans – and some of them are from Franconia.
According to the creators of the list, the wealth figures are estimates. The basis for the ranking was company ratings and research in publicly available archives, commercial and real estate registers. The ranking also includes some Franconian billionaires and millionaires. We have compiled the biggest fortunes in the region.
The Brandstätter family from Zirndorf was also mentioned in an earlier version of the article. It was not correct in this form. The family does not, as stated, have a multi-billion fortune. Company owner Horst Brandstätter had transferred the company into two foundations.
An extremely musical family occupies the ninth place among the richest francs: they have a heritage of 0.80 billion euros Hans Thomann family According to Manager Magazin, he is ranked 240th among the richest Germans. With its online shop for musicians’ supplies, the family business from Burgebrach (district of Bamberg) has succeeded in becoming the music retailer with the highest turnover in the world.
Thomas Kaser, CEO of Kaeser Compressors SE, has assets of 0.80 billion euros according to Manager-Magazin and thus ranks 8th in Franconia; In the whole of Germany, it also occupies the 240th place. The Kaeser company from Coburg has been in existence since 1919. Today it is one of the world’s leading companies for compressed air supply systems for production processes. and work. Kaeser is active in more than 140 countries. The Cobourg-based company employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.
The seventh richest family in Franconia and ranked 213th in Germany Wiegand family. According to Manager Magazin, it has assets of 0.90 billion euros. This is generated with the company Wiegand-Glas in Steinbach am Wald in the Upper Franconia district of Kronach. The product range includes disposable and reusable cups for beverages and food, as well as PET bottles. According to the company, more than eight million glasses are produced daily at the four factories – in addition to the factory in Steinbach am Wald, production also takes place in Groß Breitenbach, Ernstthal and Schleusingen. The company employs a total of 1,950 people.
Managing Director Nikolaus Wiegand (right) receives Economics Minister Robert Habeck.
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Bernd Freier only a few know – the clothing brand he champions, but almost everyone: see Oliver. According to the magazine manager, the Franconian should have 1.30 billion euros; this puts him in 167th place in Germany. Freier founded his company in 1969. He first sold clothes in Würzburg in a small store with a sales area of 25 square meters. According to its own statements, the company now operates 289 of its own stores; Around 2,000 employees work in the Franconian town of Rottendorf. In November 2019, Freier retired from the management of s.Oliver and from the company’s advisory board. Incidentally, the name s.Oliver is based on the fictional character Oliver Twist. The “s” stood for “sir”. At first, the shop was called “Sir Oliver”. After a legal dispute Freier had to change his name.
139th place in the standings Diehl family, who has a net worth of $1.60 billion, according to Manager Magazine. Diehl Stiftung & Co KG is based in Nuremberg. The company has been entirely family owned since its inception in 1902. The group of companies is now divided into five subgroups. The largest business segment in terms of sales in 2020 was the “Aviation” sub-group, i.e. aeronautical equipment. In addition, “Diehl Defense” supplies equipment for the defense sector such as ammunition and guided missiles. Diehl has a total of 17,000 employees.
The heirs of Annalie Roth According to Manager Magazin, they have €1.70 billion and are ranked 134th on the list. Discounter Norma is behind the Roth family. The company was founded over 100 years ago in 1921 in Fürth by Georg Roth. After his death, his son Manfred continued the business and made Norma one of the most important German trading companies in the discount sector. On April 15, 2013, the “Manfred-Roth-Straße” in the Hardhöhe West shopping area was opened in memory of the achievements of the businessman who died in 2010 (whose wife Annaliese died in 2019).
In third place among the super-rich in Franconia (and 134th in Germany) are the Stoschek and Volkmann families with assets of 1.70 billion euros. The Brose family business is based in Cobourg and employs a total of 30,000 people. The Brose Group develops and produces components and systems for vehicle doors, seats and bodywork at 70 locations in 25 countries around the world. Brose is a sponsor of the professional basketball team “Brose Bamberg”, which has already won the German championship nine times.
Michael Stoschek is a shareholder and chairman of the shareholders’ meeting of Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. KG.
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Herzogenaurach is not only the headquarters of the world famous sporting goods brands Adidas and Puma, but also of Schaeffler, a supplier to the automotive and mechanical industries. Georg Schäffler and Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann According to Manager Magazin, they have 8.10 billion euros, which places them 18th among the richest Germans. Schaeffler products include clutch systems, transmission parts, camshaft adjusters, bearings and linear technology components; the company employs a total of around 83,000 people.
Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann is a shareholder of Schaeffler AG together with her son. The photo was taken during the company’s annual general meeting in the spring of 2017.
First place in Franconia and 15th place in Germany Knauf family with assets of 10.50 billion euros. From Iphofen in Lower Franconia, she controls a billion dollar company that is the world leader in gypsum. Gebr.Knauf KG is the holding company of the Knauf Group companies, which operates around 220 mills and 75 rough stone factories in more than 86 countries around the world. The family business produces systems for dry construction, floors, plaster and facades.
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