Dietmar Hopp

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Dietmar Hopp
SAP AG headquarters

Dietmar Hopp (born 26 April 1940, in Heidelberg, Germany) is a German 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 and Hasso Plattner. At one point he was the 698th richest person in the world (according to Forbes Magazine).

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Dietmar Hopp was the CEO of SAP AG from 1988 until 1998, Chairman of its supervisory board from 1998 until 2003 and member of the board from 2003 until 2005. He kept about 10% of the company's shares after leaving the board. After Hopp left in 2005, the street on which the SAP AG headquarters are located was renamed from Neurottstraße to Dietmar-Hopp-Allee, in honor of Mr. Hopp.

In 2006, Hopp transferred 70% of his wealth (about €4 billion) to a charitable foundation, Dietmar-Hopp-Stiftung, creating one of the largest foundations in Europe. The foundation supports sports, medicine, education and social programs.

Recently, Hopp is also notable as the chief financial backer of the German football club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. When Hopp, who had played in the club's youth setup, started supporting the club in 2000, Hoffenheim were playing in the fifth division of German football. Today, Hoffenheim are in the First Bundesliga, and in their first season in the top flight in 2008–09, they led the league at its winter break. Hopp also spent 100 million to build a new 30,000-seat stadium called Rhein-Neckar-Arena near Sinsheim for the club. He currently owns a home in Naples, Florida.

Hopp is the owner of the Domaine de Terre Blanche [1] - an exclusive resort in the South of France, which he bought from actor Sean Connery.

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  1. ^ "The World's Billionaires #1062 Dietmar Hopp". Forbes. Retrieved 24 February 2013.