Famous German Business People

Find out more about the greatest German Business People, including Oskar Schindler, Friedrich Engels, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Adolf Dassler and Otto Frank.

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 1 Peter Thiel

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Famous As: Co-founder of PayPal
Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, New Zealander, American

Peter Thiel is a German-American venture capitalist and entrepreneur. As the co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel redefined the way online payments and online money transfers work in the United States and most Asian countries. He also played a major role in the development of Facebook as its first outside investor.

 2 Otto Frank

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Famous As: Father of Anne Frank
Birthdate: May 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swiss, German, Dutch
Died: August 19, 1980
Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, published her journal, detailing her experience during the Holocaust, as The Diary of a Young Girl, after her death. Otto was the only person in his family to survive the Holocaust. A former banker, he had also served in the German army.

 3 Adolf Dassler

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Famous As: Founder of Adidas
Birthdate: November 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: September 6, 1978

Adolf Dassler was a German cobbler-turned-entrepreneur who established the German sportswear company Adidas. His older brother, Rudolf Dassler, established Puma. The two brothers initially operated the Dassler Brothers Sports Shoe Factory. Adolf was a pioneer in designing athletic shoes and in selling them through endorsements from athletes.

 4 Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Mayer Amschel Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: February 23, 1744
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: September 19, 1812
The Founding Father of International Finance, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, started what is known as the Rothschild dynasty, which shaped the trajectory of banking and finance in Europe. He had started off as a rare coins dealer and later expanded his banking business through his five sons.
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 5 Uwe Boll

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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: June 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
German filmmaker Uwe Boll has faced a lot of backlash for his supposedly poor-quality films, many of which have been crowdfunded. The Golden Raspberry Award-winning director has now moved on to the restaurant business and has also inspired the documentary F*** You All: The Uwe Boll Story

 6 Hugo Boss

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Famous As: Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 8, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: August 9, 1948

Hugo Boss was a German businessman and fashion designer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular fashion houses in the world, Hugo Boss AG. Apart from maintaining his business endeavors, Hugo Boss was also a member of the Nazi Party and remained loyal to the ideology of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

 7 Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss
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Famous As: American-German businessman
Birthdate: February 26, 1829
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American
Died: September 26, 1902
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 8 John Jacob Astor

John Jacob Astor
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 17, 1763
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, American
Died: March 29, 1848

 9 Rudolf Dassler

Rudolf Dassler
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: October 27, 1974
The rivalry between German shoemaker Rudolf Dassler and his brother, Adolf Dassler, led to the creation of two of the most popular shoe brands of the world. While Rudolf and Adolf were initially partners in their shoe business, a feud made Rudolf create Puma, while Adolf formed Adidas.

 10 Nathan Meyer Rothschild

Nathan Meyer Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: September 16, 1777
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: July 28, 1836

 11 Susanne Klatten

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

Susanne Klatten is a German businesswoman and billionaire heiress. The daughter of Herbert Werner Quandt, who is credited to have saved BMW from near bankruptcy, Klatten inherited her father's 50.1% stake in chemicals and pharmaceutical manufacturer Altana after his death. According to Forbes magazine, Klatten is the richest woman in Germany.

 12 Albert Göring

Albert Göring
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Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: March 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian, German
Died: December 20, 1966

 13 Jakob Fugger

Jakob Fugger
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Banker
Birthdate: March 6, 1459
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: December 30, 1525

Jakob Fugger was a German merchant, banker, and mining entrepreneur. Born into the famous Fugger merchant family, Jakob Fugger helped expand the family business and stretched it across Europe. Thanks to his banking transactions with the House of Austria, Fugger also had a strong influence on European politics. He is counted among the wealthiest individuals of all time.    

 14 Zygi Wilf

Zygi Wilf
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: April 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American

 15 Theo Albrecht

Theo Albrecht
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: July 24, 2010

 16 Corinna Schumacher

Corinna Schumacher
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Famous As: Michael Schumacher's Wife
Birthdate: March 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Wife of F-1 legend Michael Schumacher, Corinna Schumacher has only rarely been seen at public events, the latest being in 2020, when she received an award on behalf of Michael, who remains hospitalized after a 2013 skiing accident. She is an avid horseback rider and an animal rights activist.

 17 Tobias Lutke

Tobias Lutke
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German

 18 Dietmar Hopp

Dietmar Hopp
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

 19 Marcus Prinz von Anhalt

Marcus Prinz von Anhalt
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Famous As: socialite, nightclub owner
Birthdate: December 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 20 Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: July 16, 2014

 21 Ludwig Erhard

Ludwig Erhard
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, University teacher
Birthdate: February 4, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: May 5, 1977

 22 Sebastian Thrun

Sebastian Thrun
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American

 23 Uli Hoeneß

Uli Hoeneß
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 24 Robert Bosch

Robert Bosch
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Inventor, Artisan
Birthdate: September 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian, German
Died: March 12, 1942

 25 Ralph H. Baer

Ralph H. Baer
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: March 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American
Died: December 6, 2014

 26 Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Ferdinand von Zeppelin
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 8, 1838
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: March 8, 1917

 27 Walther Funk

Walther Funk
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Famous As: Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Bulgarian, German
Died: May 31, 1960

 28 Carl Laemmle

Carl Laemmle
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: January 17, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German, American
Died: September 24, 1939

 29 Werner von Siemens

Werner von Siemens
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: December 13, 1816
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: December 6, 1892

 30 Steve Shirley

Steve Shirley
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Feminist
Birthdate: September 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German, British

 31 John Kluge

John Kluge
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German, American
Died: September 7, 2010

 32 Ernest Oppenheimer

Ernest Oppenheimer
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, South African
Died: November 25, 1957

 33 Amschel Mayer Rothschild

Amschel Mayer Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: June 12, 1773
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: December 6, 1855

 34 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach

Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: August 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: July 30, 1967

 35 Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German

 36 William Boeing

William Boeing
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Famous As: Founder of Boeing Company
Birthdate: October 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, American
Died: September 28, 1956

 37 Karl Benz

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: April 4, 1929

Karl Benz was a German engine designer, automotive engineer, and entrepreneur.  He designed the Benz Patent Motorcar, for which he received a patent in 1886. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe before venturing into developing motorcars. His Benz Patent Motorcar is widely regarded as the world's first production automobile. 

 38 Walter O'Malley

Walter O'Malley
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Famous As: Sports Executive
Birthdate: October 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, American
Died: August 9, 1979

 39 Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach

Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
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Famous As: Banker, Diplomat
Birthdate: August 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: January 16, 1950

 40 Axel Springer

Axel Springer
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 2, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: September 22, 1985

 41 Carl Mayer von Rothschild

Carl Mayer von Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: April 24, 1788
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: March 10, 1855

 42 Hennig Brand

Hennig Brand
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1630 AD
Nationality: German
Died: 1710 AD

 43 Axel A. Weber

Axel A. Weber
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Famous As: Economist, Banker, University teacher
Birthdate: March 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German

 44 Adolf Merckle

Adolf Merckle
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: January 5, 2009

 45 Alfred Herrhausen

Alfred Herrhausen
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: November 30, 1989

 46 Carl von Linde

Carl von Linde
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: November 16, 1934

 47 Matthias Rath

Matthias Rath
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Famous As: physician, conspiracy theorist
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Nationality: German

 48 Albert Lasker

Albert Lasker
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: May 30, 1952

 49 Friedrich Bayer

Friedrich Bayer
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 6, 1825
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: May 6, 1880

 50 Henry E. Steinway

Henry E. Steinway
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Famous As: Piano Manufacturer
Birthdate: February 15, 1797
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, American
Died: February 7, 1871