Susanne Klatten

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Susanne Klatten
Born Susanne Hanna Ursula Quandt
28 April 1962 (1962-04-28) (age 53)
Bad Homburg, Germany
Residence Bad Homburg[1]
Citizenship Germany[1]
Education IMD-Lausanne (MBA)
Known for holdings in Altana and BMW
Net worth Increase US$15.7 billion (June 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) Jan Klatten (m. 1990)
Children 3 [1]
Parent(s) Herbert Quandt (1910–1982)
Johanna Quandt (1926–2015)
Relatives Stefan Quandt (brother; b. 1966)

Susanne Klatten (born Susanne Hanna Ursula Quandt on 28 April 1962 in Bad Homburg, Germany) is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt. As of August 2015, her net worth is US$15.3 billion, and she is the richest woman in Germany and the 54th richest person in the world.[1]


After gaining a degree in business finance, Susanne Klatten worked for the advertising agency Young & Rubicam in Frankfurt from 1981 to 1983.[2] This was followed by a course in marketing and management at the University of Buckingham, and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne specialising in advertising.

She gained further business experience in London with Dresdner Bank, the Munich branch of management consultants McKinsey and the bank Bankhaus Reuschel & Co.

Recognising that her wealth is sometimes a problem, she often worked incognito under the name Susanne Kant.


On her father's death she inherited his 50.1% stake in pharmaceutical and chemicals manufacturer Altana.[1] She sits on Altana's supervisory board and helped transform it into a world-class corporation in the German DAX list of 30 top companies. In 2006 Altana AG sold its pharmaceutical activities to Nycomed for €4.5 billion, leaving only its speciality chemicals business. The €4.5 billion was distributed to shareholders as a dividend. Altana maintained its stock exchange listing and Susanne Klatten remained its majority shareholder. In 2009, she bought almost all shares she did not already own in Altana.

Her father also left her a 12.50% stake in BMW.[1] She was appointed to the supervisory board of BMW with her brother Stefan Quandt in 1997.

German graphite maker SGL Group said on 16 March 2009 that Susanne Klatten owns options to raise her stake in SGL from 8% to almost a quarter of the shares but no more than that.[1]

She owns an approximately 25% stake in German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex and, in 2012, bought stakes from Dutch biotech company Paques and used oil recycling company Avista Oil of Germany.[3]

A programme by the German public broadcaster, ARD, in October 2007 described in detail the role of the Quandt family businesses during the Second World War. As a result, four family members announced, on behalf of the entire Quandt family, their intention to fund a research project in which a historian will examine the family's activities during Hitler's dictatorship.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Police prevented an attempt to kidnap her in 1978.[5]

Susanne met Jan Klatten while she was doing an internship with BMW in Regensburg, where he worked as an engineer. It is reporeted that during this time she called herself Kant and did not tell him who she was until they were sure about each other,[6][7] but Klatten herself denies the story.[8] They married in 1990 in Kitzbühel and live in Munich.[6] They have three children.[6] She plays golf and skis in Austria. She has been a member of the University Council of the Technical University of Munich since 2005. In 2007 she was awarded the Bayerischer Verdienstorden, the Bavarian Order of Merit. She is one of the biggest donors of the centre-right political party, the Christian Democratic Union.[9]

In 2007 Klatten was blackmailed by Helg "Russak" Sgarbi, a 44-year-old Swiss national that threatened to release materials depicting the two having an affair.[10][11][12] Sgarbi, who was charged with similar blackmail schemes against multiple women, was arrested in January 2009 and brought to court in Germany, where he was sentenced to six years in jail. His accomplice, the Italian hotel owner Ernano Barretta who allegedly filmed Sgarbi and Klatten with hidden cameras, was also arrested and was sentenced in 2012 to seven years in prison.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Susanne Klatten – Forbes". Forbes. March 9, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Die Quandts by Rüdiger Jungbluth, p. 356, published by ISBN 3-593-36940-0
  3. ^ "Susanne Klatten Net Worth". Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ " Breaking the Silence: BMW's Quandt Family to Investigate Wealth Amassed in Third Reich" by Julia Bonstein, Dietmar Hawranek and Klaus Wiegrefe, Der Spiegel, 12 October 2007
  5. ^ "Richest Germans: The Family Behind BMW". Deutsche-Welle. 5 December 2005. 
  6. ^ a b c "Deutsche Welle". Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Bude, Heinz (6 April 2005). "Aus Liebe zur Sippe". Die Zeit (in German). ISSN 0044-2070. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  8. ^ Spiegel Online. 9 September 2015  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Von Susanne Klatten geleistete Parteispenden seit 2000; Politische Datenbank
  10. ^ "German heiress at centre of sex tape blackmail plot". The Daily Telegraph. 31 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "'Swiss gigolo' Helg Sgarbi on trial for blackmailing BMW heiress Susanne Klatten". The Daily Telegraph. 9 March 2009. 
  12. ^ "Trial to Begin for Man Who Duped Germany's Richest Woman". Spiegel Online. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  13. ^ Bayer, Tobias. "Klatten-Erpresser Ernano Barretta muss in Haft". Welt. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 

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