Heinz Hermann Thiele’s profile picture

Heinz Hermann Thiele

Heinz Hermann Thiele’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $12.95 Billion
Residence: Munich, Germany
Country: Germany
BirthDay: 2 April 1941
Sigh: Taurus
Children: 2
Education: LLM, University of Munich
BIOGRAPHY

Heinz Hermann Thiele was bornon 2 April 1941 in Munich, Germany, Germany. Heinz Hermann Thiele is #117 in List Billionaires People In The World. Since Heinz Hermann Thiele took over control in the mid-1980s, the Knorr-Bremse Group, based in Munich, Germany, has become the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles (2015 revenues: $6.1 billion). Thiele, coming from poor background and ambitiously working his way through law school, joined the firm's legal department in the late 1960s, at age 28, and quickly ascended the ranks. When the grandson of founder/inventor Georg Knorr decided to sell his ownership stake, the company found itself on the block and Thiele, backed by Deutsche Bank, emerged as controlling shareholder. In the 1990s he turned his attention to U.S. brake specialist Bendix, eventually acquiring the business entirely in 2002 and emerging with a leading position in the U.S. market. Having withdrawn from his position on the operational side of the business in 2007, Thiele has actively chaired the supervisory board and was named honorary chairman in March 2016. He's known to always be highly engaged in the business, so much that it has been difficult to persist next to him; a number of managers have packed their bags and left in the recent years. Even his son Henrik, who was supposed to join the ranks of the board at Knorr-Bremse in July of 2015, suddenly left the company due to differences with his father. Thiele already has given a majority interest in the company to Henrik and his sister, Julia. In 2011, he started investing in quoted German railroad equipment maker Vossloh (he now holds a 45% stake and heads the advisory board).

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2009

$3 Billion

2010

$2.7 Billion

2011

$2.3 Billion

2012

$4.4 Billion

2013

$6.4 Billion

2014

$7.2 Billion

2015

$6.4 Billion

2016

$11.7 Billion

2017

$13.1 Billion

2018

$12.95 Billion

TIMELINE
1941

Heinz Hermann Thiele (born 2 April 1941) is a German businessman, chairman of Knorr-Bremse, a German brakes maker, and chairman of Vossloh a German transport technology manufacturer

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