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Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany

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List of notable or famous entrepreneurs from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top entrepreneurs born in Germany and even some popular entrepreneurs who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German entrepreneurs then this list is the perfect resource for you. These entrepreneurs are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known entrepreneur from Germany is included when available.

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This historic entrepreneurs from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German entrepreneurs of note?" and "Who are the most famous entrepreneurs from Germany?" These prominent entrepreneurs of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German entrepreneurs.

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Adolf Dassler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Adolf Dassler Dec. at 78 (1900-1978)

Birthplace: Herzogenaurach, Germany

Adolf "Adi" Dassler (3 November 1900 – 6 December 1978) was a German cobbler, inventor and entrepreneur who founded the German sportswear company Adidas. He was also the younger ...more
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Alexander Straub is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Age: 46
Alexander Straub (born June 14, 1972) is an Internet and Telecom entrepreneur and investor.
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Artur Brauner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Age: 100

Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Artur "Atze" Brauner (born Abraham Brauner; 1 August 1918 − 7 July 2019) was a German film producer and entrepreneur of Polish origin. He produced more than 300 films from 1946.
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August Belmont is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 77 (1813-1890)

Birthplace: Alzey, Germany

August Belmont Sr., original name August Schönberg, (December 8, 1813 – November 24, 1890) was a German-American politician, financier, foreign diplomat, and party chairman of the ...more
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Ben Neumann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Age: 52

Birthplace: Krefeld, Germany

Ben R. Neumann (born Bernd Neumann; 27 May 1966 in Krefeld, Germany) is an American entrepreneur, investor, film producer and mixed martial artist, best known for founding early Internet hosting ...more
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Chris von der Ahe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 62 (1851-1913)

Birthplace: Hille, Germany, Germany

Christian Friedrich (or Frederick) Wilhelm von der Ahe (German: [fɔn dɐ ˈʔaːhə]; October 7, 1851 – June 5, 1913) was a German-American entrepreneur, best known as the owner of the St. Louis ...more
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Christoph Bertsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Christoph Bertsch Age: 43
Christoph Bertsch has been an active entrepreneur since 1999. Already during his studies he founded his first companies, Top 21 and Blutsgeschwister. Today, his philosophy is reflected in the ...more
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Dietmar Hopp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dietmar Hopp Age: 78

Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

Dietmar Hopp (born 26 April 1940) is a German billionaire software entrepreneur. He was one of the founders of SAP SE in 1972 with other former IBM employees Hans Werner Hector, Klaus Tschira, ...more
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Edward Huber is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1837-1904)

Birthplace: Indiana

Edward Huber (September 1, 1837, Dover, Indiana – August 26, 1904, Marion, Ohio) was an American inventor and industrialist. Huber established his role in the modernization of American ...more
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Emil Rathenau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Emil Rathenau Dec. at 77 (1838-1915)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Emil Moritz Rathenau (11 December 1838 – 20 June 1915) was a German entrepreneur, industrialist, mechanical engineer. He was a leading figure in the early European electrical industry.
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Fred Trump is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 94 (1905-1999)

Birthplace: Woodhaven, New York City, New York

Frederick Christ Trump (October 11, 1905 – June 25, 1999) was an American real-estate developer in New York City and the father of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, and ...more
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George Huffman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
George Huffman Dec. at 35 (1862-1897)
George Phillips Huffman (September 6, 1862 – December 31, 1897) was an American businessman. His Davis Sewing Machine Company, which began producing bicycles in the late 19th century, was the ...more
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George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 80 (1930-2010)

Birthplace: Rocky River, Ohio, United States of America

George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010) was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During ...more

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Hans Wall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Hans Wall Age: 76

Birthplace: Künzelsau, Germany

Hans Wall is a German entrepreneur and patron.
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Helge Seetzen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Helge Seetzen Age: 40
Helge Seetzen is an award-winning German technologist, businessman and entrepreneur, known for imaging & multimedia research and commercialization. He holds a series of patents in the ...more
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Jan Miczaika is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Jan Miczaika Age: 39

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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John Jacob Astor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1763-1848)

Birthplace: Walldorf, Germany

John Jacob Astor (born Johann Jakob Astor; July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848) was a German–American businessman, merchant, real estate mogul and investor who mainly made his fortune in fur trade ...more
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John Jacob Bausch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 96 (1830-1926)

Birthplace: Süßen, Germany

Johan (John) Jacob Bausch (July 25, 1830 – February 14, 1926) was a German-American maker of optical instruments who co-founded Bausch & Lomb (with Henry Lomb). Over six decades he ...more
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John Kluge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 96 (1914-2010)

Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany

John Werner Kluge (; September 21, 1914 – September 8, 2010) was a German-American entrepreneur who was at one time the richest person in the United States. He was best known as a television ...more
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Karl Albrecht is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 94 (1920-2014)

Birthplace: Essen, Germany

For others with the same or similar name, see Carl Albrecht (disambiguation). Karl Hans Albrecht (German: [ˈalbʁɛçt]; 20 February 1920 – 16 July 2014) was a German entrepreneur who ...more
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Karl Vollmöller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1878-1948)

Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Karl Gustav Vollmöller (or Vollmoeller; 7 May 1878 – 18 October 1948) was a German philologist, archaeologist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and aircraft designer. He is most famous for ...more
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Karl-Heinz Kipp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Karl-Heinz Kipp Age: 95
Karl-Heinz Kipp (12 February 1924 – 11 October 2017) was a German billionaire, and founder of the Massa department store chain. He sold the business but kept the property, and had a large ...more
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Leo Kirch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Leo Kirch Dec. at 85 (1926-2011)

Birthplace: Volkach, Germany

Leo Kirch (21 October 1926 – 14 July 2011) was a German media entrepreneur who founded the Kirch Group.
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Lois Wyse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1926-2007)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Lois Wyse (October 30, 1926 – July 6, 2007) was an American advertising executive, author and columnist. At the time of her death, Wyse was credited with writing more than 60 books on diverse ...more
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Lucas Blanco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Age: 40

Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan