Ten women from Germany are among the thousand richest people in the world. Many of them succeed where most billionaires fail. In 2019 and at the beginning of the Corona Crisis 2020, they were able to keep their wealth together or even increase it. The US business magazine “Forbes” counted 2095 billionaires worldwide this year. According to the analysis, 51 percent suffered losses. The total wealth of all billionaires shrank by 700 billion within a year.
Women entrepreneurs were not spared from the downward trend. Just over half of the 234 billionaires worldwide recorded a minus, according to “Forbes”. However, their total assets increased by $ 29.4 billion to $ 927.4 billion. This was mainly due to two newcomers. Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife Mackenzie and Julia Koch, heiress to the oil and chemical consortium Koch Industries, jumped from the top to the top 10 richest women in the world. It alone accounted for around eight percent of the total wealth of all billionaires.
These are the richest women in Germany:
# 10 Julia Oetker
According to “Forbes”, Julia Oetker is the tenth richest woman in Germany. On the overall list of all billionaires in the world, it ranks 945 with the equivalent of $ 2.2 billion. According to the report, Oetker was spared the general downward trend. Her assets increased by ten percent within a year. The youngest billionaire on this list, aged 41, holds 12.5 percent of the Oetker Group, according to Forbes (annual sales: around EUR 7.4 billion). She is the great granddaughter of company founder August Oetker.
# 9 Yvonne Bauer
Yvonne Bauer has been controlling the fortunes of the Bauer Media Group since 2010. She is the fifth generation to run the family business. According to Forbes, 85-percent of Europe’s largest magazine publisher belongs to Heinz Heinrich Bauer’s 43-year-old daughter at the time of publication. She has been working in the media company since 2005, and in 2009 Bauer joined the management team. “Forbes” put her fortune at $ 2.3 billion. That was 600 million euros less than in the previous year. Bauer ranked 908 among the richest in the world.
# 8 Ursula Bechtolsheimer-Kipp
Ursula Bechtolsheimer-Kipp takes a leap upwards. The eighth richest woman in Germany came in at 538 worldwide with $ 3.5 billion (same as in 2018). Her father Karl-Heinz Kipp was the founder of the retail chain Massa. The merged into the Real chain. Bechtolsheimer-Kipp is also the chairman of the Swiss luxury hotel group Tschuggen, which was also founded by her father. The Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz belongs to the group. The 68-year-old lives in Switzerland.
# 7 Alexandra Schörghuber
This multi-billionaire also runs her family business. Alexandra Schörghuber is chairwoman of the board of trustees of the Schörghuber group of companies. These include the Paulaner Brewery Group and Arabella Hospitality, a hotel joint venture with Marriott. Schörghuber took over the company management in 2008 from her late husband Stefan, son of company founder Josef Schörghuber. According to “Forbes”, their wealth amounts to $ 3.6 billion, 1.1 billion less than in 2019. Schörghuber is number 514 in the world.
# 6 Hedda in the Brahm-Droege
Hedda im Brahm-Droege (65) belongs to the minority of billionaires worldwide who were able to increase their wealth in 2020. According to the analysis, their assets increased from $ 2.8 to 3.6 billion (place 514). Brahm-Droege and her husband Walter Droege founded the management consultancy Droege Group in 1988. The AG, based in Düsseldorf, is 100 percent family-owned and one of the largest consulting and investment companies in the world. It has been run by the eldest son of the founders, Ernst-W. Droege, headed.
# 5 Traudl Engelhorn & family
Traudl Engelhorn is part of the founding family of the chemical company BASF through her late husband Peter. According to Forbes, it earned $ 2.45 billion when the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Mannheim was sold to Roche in 1997. The 93-year-old has been able to increase her wealth since then. This also applies to the crisis year 2019. According to the ranking, your assets rose from $ 3.7 to 4.0 billion. Engelhorn also lives in Switzerland.
# 4 Peace Springer
Friede Springer has also become richer. The assets of the deputy chairmen of the supervisory board of Axel Springer SE rose from $ 3.9 billion to $ 4.5 billion, according to Forbes. According to the report, the founder’s widow holds almost 43 percent of the shares in one of the largest media groups in Europe. The 77-year-old is not satisfied with the status of Grande Dame. There have recently been rumors that the publisher has sharply criticized Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of Bild, in front of board members. Springer has complained about its aggressive campaign journalism, wrote the “Berliner Zeitung”. The Springer Group includes “Die Welt” and “Business Insider”. According to “Forbes”, the publisher lives in Vienna.
# 3 Renate Reimann-Haas
Some of the richest women in Germany were able to increase their wealth despite the crisis. Renate Reimann-Haas is one of them. According to Forbes, in 2019 it grew by $ 1 billion to $ 4.7 billion. According to the magazine, Reimann-Haas (68) and her three siblings hold 95 percent of the Luxembourg investment company JAB Holding Company. The company included luxury brands such as Jimmy Choo, Zagliani, Belstaff and Bally.
# 2 Susanne Klatten
BMW heiress Susanne Klatten is one of the ten richest women in the world and ranks 54th in the general rich list. Second place among German multimillionaires. However, according to Forbes, the major BMW shareholder lost 20 percent of its assets within a year. The reason: price drops in the automaker’s shares in the wake of the Corona crisis. According to the report, the 57-year-old daughter of industrialist Herbert Quandt is one of the biggest losers on the Corona exchanges. Klattten’s fortune therefore fell from $ 21.0 to $ 16.8 billion. It holds 19.2 percent of BMW. In addition, the graduate economist is the sole owner of the pharmaceutical company Altana.
# 1 Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr.
“Forbes” leads the Aldi heirs Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. to number one among the richest Germans. The business magazine leaves it in the dark as to how the assets of supposedly $ 33.3 billion are divided among the siblings. If Heister accounted for exactly half, it would come in second place just behind Klatten. Heister is the daughter of Karl Albrecht, the founder of Aldi Süd in 2014. She and her brother have lost almost eight percent compared to the 2019 ranking. In 2006, Heister’s son Peter Max took over the chair of the discounter from his father Peter.