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 Otto Frank

Otto Frank
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Famous As: Father of Anne Frank
Birthdate: May 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Province of Hesse-Nassau
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.

 2 Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Mayer Amschel Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: February 23, 1744
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
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.

 3 Adolf Dassler

Adolf Dassler
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Famous As: Founder of Adidas
Birthdate: November 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Herzogenaurach, Germany
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 Peter Thiel

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Famous As: Co-founder of PayPal
Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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.

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 5 Hugo Boss

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Famous As: Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 8, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Metzingen, Germany
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.

 6 Levi Strauss

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Famous As: American-German businessman
Birthdate: February 26, 1829
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buttenheim
Died: September 26, 1902

Levi Strauss, the man behind the iconic clothing brand Levi Strauss & Co., or Levi's, which was also the first blue-jeans-manufacturing firm, was born in Germany and later moved to the US. It is rumored that his jeans were meant for the labor class, and he himself had never worn a pair.

 7 Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia

Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: June 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
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 8 Rudolf Dassler

Rudolf Dassler
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Famous As: Founder of Puma
Birthdate: March 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Herzogenaurach, Germany
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.

 9 Özlem Türeci

Özlem Türeci
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Famous As: Physician, Scientist
Birthdate: March 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lastrup, West Germany

 10 Corinna Schumacher

Corinna Schumacher
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Famous As: Michael Schumacher's Wife
Birthdate: March 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Halver
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.

 11 Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: June 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wermelskirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
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

 12 Nathan Meyer Rothschild

Nathan Meyer Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: September 16, 1777
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire
Died: July 28, 1836

 13 Susanne Klatten

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Homburg, Germany

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.

 14 Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

 15 Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia

Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: November 9, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Germany
Died: September 26, 1994

 16 Heinrich Schliemann

Heinrich Schliemann
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: January 6, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neubukow, Germany
Died: December 26, 1890

German businessman Heinrich Schliemann didn’t let his poverty or lack of education hinder his growth and learned several languages moving from place to place for trade. A pioneer in the field of archaeology, he is now remembered as the man who discovered Troy in his bid to unearth “Priam's Treasure."

 17 Theo Albrecht

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

 18 Albert Göring

Albert Göring
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Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: March 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Friedenau
Died: December 20, 1966
Apart from being an engineer who worked for the German army during World War I, Albert Göring is also remembered as the brother of infamous Nazi Party figure and military leader Hermann Göring. Surprisingly, he was anti-Nazi and had helped many Jews, though he remained ostracized due to his family name, post-war.

 19 Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt
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Famous As: Billionaire heir, engineer and industrialist.
Birthdate: May 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Homburg, West Germany

 20 Saygin Yalcin

Saygin Yalcin
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Famous As: Founder and CEO of the Middle East's first and largest car buying service, SellAnyCar.com
Birthdate: April 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany

 21 Alfred Herrhausen

Alfred Herrhausen
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Essen, Germany
Died: November 30, 1989

 22 Jakob Fugger

Jakob Fugger
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Banker
Birthdate: March 6, 1459
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
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.    

 23 Ludwig Erhard

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Famous As: Economist, Politician, University teacher
Birthdate: February 4, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fürth
Died: May 5, 1977

Ludwig Erhard was a German politician best remembered for his efforts to recover the economy in West Germany after the Second World War while serving as the Minister of Economic Affairs. From 1963 to 1966, he served as West Germany's chancellor. Although he was an influential politician, Erhard lacked support from former Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, leading to Ludwig Erhard's resignation.

 24 Marcus Prinz von Anhalt

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

 25 Dietmar Hopp

Dietmar Hopp
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Heidelberg

 26 Zygi Wilf

Zygi Wilf
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: April 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 27 Robert Bosch

Robert Bosch
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Inventor, Artisan
Birthdate: September 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Felkirchen
Died: March 12, 1942

The founder of the German engineering and technological MNC Bosch, Robert Bosch was born to a farmer in a south Germany village. He is also remembered as one of the first Germans to introduce 8-hour work days. He also invented the high-voltage spark plug and magneto for automobiles.

 28 Tobias Lutke

Tobias Lutke
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany

 29 Sebastian Thrun

Sebastian Thrun
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Solingen, West Germany

 30 Tessa Grafin von Walderdorff

Tessa Grafin von Walderdorff
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: February 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 31 Ralph H. Baer

Ralph H. Baer
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: March 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rodalben, Germany
Died: December 6, 2014

Born to a German Jewish family, Ralph H. Baer and his family escaped to New York later. He went from working in a factory to becoming an engineer. While working at Sanders Associates, he developed the idea of playing games on TV and later created the first video game console.

 32 Carl Laemmle

Carl Laemmle
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: January 17, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Laupheim, Germany
Died: September 24, 1939

 33 Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Ferdinand von Zeppelin
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 8, 1838
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Died: March 8, 1917

 34 Ida Straus

Ida Straus
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: February 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worms, Germany Worms, Germany
Died: April 15, 1912

 35 Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger

Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
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Famous As: Lawyer, Businessman
Birthdate: February 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, West Germany

 36 Werner von Siemens

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

German electrical engineer Werner von Siemens is remembered as a pioneer of the telegraph industry. The founder of Siemens also inspired the name to the SI unit of electrical conductance. He was part of the Prussian army and had begun his chemistry experiments while in prison for a minor crime.

 37 Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Essen, Germany
Died: July 16, 2014

 38 Karl Benz

Karl Benz
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mühlburg, Karlsruhe, Germany
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. 

 39 Walther Funk

Walther Funk
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Famous As: Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yasnaya Polyana
Died: May 31, 1960
German economist Walther Funk had joined the army during World War I but later quit for being medically unfit and started his career as a journalist. After joining the Nazi Party, he quickly rose to become the Third Reich’s economics minister and the president of the Reichsbank

 40 Tessy Antony de Nassau

Tessy Antony de Nassau
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Tessy Antony de Nassau is a Luxembourgish non-profit executive and businesswoman. She was formerly married to Prince Louis of Luxembourg and was one of the most important members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg. For her humanitarian work, Tessy was honored with the Mrongovius Medal in 2016. A multi-talented personality, Tessy practices spinning, scuba diving, swimming, skiing, and hunting.

 41 John Kluge

John Kluge
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: September 7, 2010

 42 Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia

Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zielona Gora, Poland

 43 Steve Shirley

Steve Shirley
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Feminist
Birthdate: September 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dortmund

Born Vera Buchthal, Steve Shirley moved from Germany to Britain as a child refugee during the Nazi regime. Later, going by the name Stephanie Brook, she began learning coding. Battling a male-dominated workplace environment, she changed her name to Steve. The celebrated scientist now runs a charitable foundation.

 44 Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis

Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg West Germany

German socialite and philanthropist Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, or Princess TNT, had met her husband, Prince Johannes, when she was 19 and he was 53. Following his death, she was faced with a $500 million debt, sold off her riches, and became a Catholic activist.  

 45 Ernest Oppenheimer

Ernest Oppenheimer
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Friedberg, Germany
Died: November 25, 1957

Born to a cigar merchant in Germany, Ernest Oppenheimer went to South Africa as a representative of a diamond brokerage company and ended up becoming the mayor of Kimberley. He later established himself as a leading financier, who chaired De Beers and co-founded the Anglo American Corporation.

 46 Günther Quandt

Günther Quandt
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Famous As: German industrialist who founded an industrial empire that today includes BMW and Altana (chemicals)
Birthdate: July 28, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pritzwalk, Germany
Died: December 30, 1954

 47 Andy Bechtolsheim

Andy Bechtolsheim
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Famous As: Businessperson, Electrical engineer
Birthdate: September 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Finning, Germany

 48 Amschel Mayer Rothschild

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

 49 Wolfgang Porsche

Wolfgang Porsche
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Famous As: Shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE as well as of Porsche AG
Birthdate: May 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 50 Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe

Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: December 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glienicke, Province of Brandenburg, Nazi Germany
Died: August 11, 2020