Hans-Peter Wild

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Hans-Peter Wild
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Hans-Peter Wild
Born (1941-06-16) 16 June 1941 (age 76)
Heidelberg, Germany
Residence Zug, Switzerland
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Mannheim
Occupation Owner and chairman of Rudolf Wild GmbH & Co. KG
Net worth $2.7 billion (May 2017)[1]
Spouse(s) married
Children 2
Parent(s) Rudolf Wild

Hans-Peter Wild (born 16 June 1941) is a German entrepreneur and lawyer. He is the owner and chairman of Rudolf Wild GmbH & Co. KG, which, according to company information, is the world's largest private manufacturer of natural flavor ingredients for food products and beverages.


Hans-Peter Wild was born in Heidelberg in 1941, the son of Rudolf Wild, who founded the Wild company in 1931.[1] He passed the first state examination as a lawyer in Heidelberg with distinction.[2] He completed a degree in business studies in Mannheim, majoring in fiscal law and auditing. [2] He completed a PhD entitled "The market-dominating company under French law" at the Faculty of Law at the University of Mannheim.[2] After graduation, he worked at the Diersch & Schröder group of companies for four years as managing director, being responsible for the company's mineral oil, chemistry and shipping activities.[1] In 1974, he joined his parents' company - with the aim of expanding the world markets with Capri Sun and taking the company global.[2]

Social involvement[edit]

Wild is president of the "Leonie Wild Charitable Foundation", which he initiated together with his mother Leonie Wild in 1997.[citation needed] The trust helps citizens in need and is involved in social and cultural projects, particularly in Eppelheim and in the Heidelberg region.[citation needed] In addition to its support for the construction of the new Heidelberg Children's Hospital, it has also been supporting the "Ballschule" ball-sports academy at the University of Heidelberg since 2001. The Ballschule provides supplementary sports classes for children in the first and second grade (source: Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, June 22, 2006). Wild also assists the University of Heidelberg through donations, thus continuing the tradition started by his father Rudolf Wild.[citation needed]

Academic involvement[edit]

He donated a professorship to the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne.[citation needed] In the end of 2001 the IMD Lombard Odier Business Center was extended by the Wild Group Chair for Family Business.[citation needed]

Sports involvement[edit]

In October 2007, Wild was instrumental in the formation of the Wild Rugby Academy, an institution aimed at developing the sport of rugby union in Germany.[3]

He also financially supports the Heidelberger RK, one of only two professional rugby clubs in Germany, in a sport otherwise fully amateur.[4]

In May 2017, he became chairman of the French rugby union club Stade Français.[5]


The Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg made Wild an honorary senator in recognition of his many years of service in 1996.[2] The town of Eppelheim made him an honorary citizen in June 2006 for his entrepreneurial achievements and his many years of commitment to the employees of WILD GmbH & Co. KG and the social facilities in Eppelheim and the region.[citation needed]


  • Das marktbeherrschende Unternehmen im französischen Recht (The market-dominating company under French law), dissertation, Mannheim 1969
  • Capri-Sonne. Die Faszination einer Weltmarke, (Capri-Sun. The fascination of a global brand) Frankfurt am Main 2001 ISBN 3-89843-036-7


  1. ^ a b c "Hans Peter Wild". Forbes. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Hans-Peter Wild, on bloomberg.com, May 25, 2017.
  3. ^ (in German) HÜber die WRA, on wildrugbyacademy.de, accessed: 25 May 2017.
  4. ^ (in German) Getränke-Hersteller gegen Gold-Händler Offenbach-Post, published: 28 May 2011. accessed: 21 August 2011
  5. ^ (in French) Hans-Peter Wild choisi pour reprendre le Stade Français, on lequipe.fr, 24 May 2017.

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