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Guenther Fielmann

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Net worth 2018: $6.13 Billion
Industry: Healthcare
Residence: Hamburg, Germany
Country: Germany
BirthDay: 17 September 1939
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Children: 2
BIOGRAPHY

Guenther Fielmann was bornon 17 September 1939 in Hamburg, Germany, Germany. Guenther Fielmann is #285 in List Billionaires People In The World. Born in 1939 in the tiny northern German village of Stafstedt (population at the time: 300), Guenther Fielmann is the founder and CEO of eyeglasses giant Fielmann AG. He opened his first optometry shop in Cuxhaven, Germany, in 1972, and took the company public in 1994. Today, the Fielmann family controls 71.64% of its shares. This is split between KORVA SE, a subsidiary of the family's foundation, and Guenther Fielmann, his son Marc and his daughter Sophie-Luise. All three directly hold shares of Fielmann AG. In December 2015, Marc was given a seat on the company's management board, with responsibility for marketing the Fielmann brand -- a sign that the reins could be handed over to him fairly soon. Marc Fielmann attended the exclusive Schule Schloss Salem boarding school in Germany and also studied at the London School of Economics. Fielmann AG sells nearly half the prescription eyeglasses in Germany, and also has outlets in Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. A committed environmentalist, Guenther Fielmann plants a new tree for every employee each year, and owns two organic farms as well as an ecologically friendly estate in Schleswig-Holstein.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2012

$2.6 Billion

2013

$3.1 Billion

2014

$3.7 Billion

2015

$4.4 Billion

2016

$5.3 Billion

2017

$5.3 Billion

2018

$6.13 Billion

TIMELINE
2011

In 2011 Fielmann was accepted into the Hall of Fame of manager magazin

2009

In May 2009 he planted the one-millionth tree with chancellor Angela Merkel and minister president Peter Harry Carstensen

2005

From 2005/06 onwards bachelor's and master's degrees in optometry are being offered in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck

2004

The agricultural and nutrition sciences department of the University of Kiel awarded him an honorary doctorate in December 2004

2003

In 2003 he received the "Deutscher Gründerpreis" (Prize for German Founders)

2002

Two years later (2002) the state also bestowed the title of a professor (honoris causis) upon him

2000

In 2000 Fielmann received the Federal Cross of Merit First Class from the state of Schleswig-Holstein

1994

In 1994 the Fielmann KG was transformed into Fielmann AG and went public

1982

In 1982 a new shop was opened in Kiel offering more than 7,000 frames to choose from

1981

In 1981 he revolutionised the German spectacle market by offering 90 fashionable frames for the allowance of the statutory health insurance funds (initial tariff)

1972

1972 the state-approved optometrist opened his first shop in Cuxhaven

1939

Günther Fielmann (born 17 September 1939) is the founder, majority shareholder and chief executive officer of Fielmann AG, a German optics company focusing on retail eyewear

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