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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.

List ranges from Paris Hilton to Donald Trump and more.

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 Died at 78 (1900-1978) Adolf "Adi" Dassler was the founder of the German sportswear company Adidas and the younger brother of Rudolf Dassler, founder of Puma. Trained as a cobbler, Adi Dassler started to ...more

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Alexander Straub is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Alexander Straub age 45 Alexander Straub 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
Artur Brauner age 99 Artur "Atze" Brauner is a German film producer and entrepreneur of Polish origin. He was born to a Jewish family in Łódź, Poland. With his parents and four siblings, he fled to ...more

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August Belmont is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
August Belmont Died at 77 (1813-1890) August Belmont, Sr. was a 19th-century German-American politician, financier, foreign diplomat, and party chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 1850s and later a famous ...more

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Ben Neumann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Ben Neumann age 51 Ben Neumann is an American entrepreneur, investor, film producer and mixed martial artist, best known for founding early Internet hosting service Internet Communication Icom.com, and his ...more

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Chris von der Ahe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Chris von der Ahe Died at 62 (1851-1913) Christian Friedrich Wilhelm von der Ahe was a German-American entrepreneur, best known as the owner of the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the American Association, now known as 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 42 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 77 Dietmar Hopp is a German billionaire software entrepreneur. He was one of the founders of SAP AG in 1972 with other former IBM employees Hans Werner Hector, Klaus Tschira, Claus Wellenreuther ...more

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Donald Trump age 71 Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television ...more

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Edward Huber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Edward Huber Died at 67 (1837-1904) Edward Huber was an American inventor and industrialist. Huber established his role in the modernization of American agriculture when he invented a “revolving hay rake” that allowed one man to ...more

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Emil Rathenau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Emil Rathenau Died at 77 (1838-1915) Emil Moritz Rathenau was a German entrepreneur and industrialist, a leading figure in the early European electrical industry.

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Fred Trump is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Fred Trump Died at 94 (1905-1999) Frederick Christ "Fred" Trump was an American real estate developer. He was the father of Maryanne Trump Barry, Robert Trump, Elizabeth Trump Grau, Donald Trump and Fred Trump Jr.

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George Huffman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
George Huffman Died at 35 (1862-1897) George P. Huffman was an American businessman. His Davis Sewing Machine Company, which began producing bicycles in the late 19th century, was the precursor to the Huffman Manufacturing Company, ...more

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George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
George Steinbrenner Died at 80 (1930-2010) George Michael Steinbrenner III was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During Steinbrenner's 37-year ownership ...more

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Hans Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Hans Wall age 76 Hans Wall is a German entrepreneur and patron.

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Helge Seetzen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Helge Seetzen age 39 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) 17 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Jan Miczaika age 38

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John Jacob Astor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
John Jacob Astor Died at 85 (1763-1848) John Jacob Astor, born Johann Jakob Astor, was a German-born American businessman, merchant, fur trader, and investor who was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first ...more

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John Jacob Bausch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
John Jacob Bausch Died at 96 (1830-1926) John Jacob Bausch was an American maker of optical instruments who co-founded Bausch & Lomb. Over six decades he transformed his small, local optical shop into a large-scale international ...more

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John Kluge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
John Kluge Died at 96 (1914-2010) John Werner Kluge was a German-born American entrepreneur who was at one time the richest person in America. He was best known as a television industry mogul in the United States.

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Karl Albrecht is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Karl Albrecht Died at 94 (1920-2014) Karl Hans Albrecht was a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. He was for many years the richest person in Germany. As of February 2014, he ...more

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Karl Vollmöller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Karl Vollmöller Died at 70 (1878-1948) Karl Gustav Vollmöller, usually written Vollmoeller was a German playwright and screenwriter. He is most famous for two works, the screenplay for the celebrated 1930 German film Der Blaue ...more

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Karl-Heinz Kipp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Karl-Heinz Kipp age 94 Karl-Heinz Kipp is the German billionaire founder of the Massa chain of German department stores and, having since sold the business whilst keeping the property, has a large property portfolio. ...more

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Leo Kirch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Leo Kirch Died at 85 (1926-2011) Leo Kirch was a German media entrepreneur who founded the Kirch Group.

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Lois Wyse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Lois Wyse Died at 81 (1926-2007) Lois Wyse 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 topics such as business, love and

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Lucas Blanco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Lucas Blanco age 39

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Mario Kleff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Mario Kleff age 50

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Martin Roscheisen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Martin Roscheisen R. Martin Roscheisen is an Austrian-American technology entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley.

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Matthias Rath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Matthias Rath age 63 Matthias Rath is a controversial doctor, businessman, and vitamin salesman. He earned his basic medical degree in Germany. Rath claims that a program of nutritional supplements, including ...more

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Max Heine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Max Heine Died at 77 (1911-1988) Max L. Heine was a value investor and fund manager in New York.

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Max Stern is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Max Stern Died at 84 (1898-1982) Max Stern was an entrepreneur who established and built the Hartz Mountain Corporation, which eventually became one of America's most-successful privately held companies.

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Melitta Bentz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Melitta Bentz Died at 77 (1873-1950) Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz, born Amalie Auguste Melitta Liebscher, was a German entrepreneur, who invented the coffee filter in 1908.

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Michael Gleissner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Michael Gleissner age 49 Michael J. G. Gleissner is an entrepreneur, film producer, director, screenwriter, actor, photographer, and musician.

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Oliver Jung is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Oliver Jung age 46 Oliver Jung, is an entrepreneur and investor based in Tel Aviv, Israel, specializing in the global expansion of Internet and mobile enterprises in the early stages of development.

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Paris Hilton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Paris Hilton age 37 Paris Whitney Hilton is an American socialite, television personality, model, actress and singer. She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Born in New York ...more

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Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Pete Wentz age 38 Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more

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Richard Driehaus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Richard Driehaus age 76 Richard Herman Driehaus is an American fund manager, businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management LLC, based in Chicago. In the year 2000, he was ...more

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Robert Vollmöller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Robert Vollmöller Died at 117 (1849-1966) Robert Vollmöller was an entrepreneur.

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Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Rudolf Diesel Died at 55 (1858-1913) Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the diesel engine. Diesel was the subject of the 1942 film Diesel.

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Sarah Wiener is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Sarah Wiener age 55 Sarah Wiener is an entrepreneur, TV chef, author and actress.

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Bushido is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Bushido age 39 Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi, better known as Bushido, is a German rapper. The word "bushido" is Japanese and means "Way of the Warrior". He also uses the pseudonym Sonny ...more

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Theo Albrecht is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Theo Albrecht Died at 88 (1922-2010) Theodor Paul "Theo" Albrecht was a German entrepreneur, who in 2010 was ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the world, with a net worth of $16.7 billion. He owned and was ...more

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Thom Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Thom Hartmann age 66 Thomas Carl "Thom" Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and progressive political commentator. Hartmann has hosted a nationally syndicated ...more

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Wilfried Bechtolsheimer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Germany
Wilfried Bechtolsheimer