The Zeppelin Foundation is an institution founded by Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Originally founded to support development of zeppelins and other airships, it now owns a number of large businesses in full or in part and uses its income for philanthropic efforts.
The Zeppelin Foundation, headquartered in Friedrichshafen, is a legally dependent municipality. Since 1947, the city has managed the funds and ensures that they are used for their intended purpose. The foundation holds 93.8 percent of the shares of ZF Friedrichshafen and is the owner of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin and Zeppelin GmbH. The foundation finances various charitable purposes, including Zeppelin University and the Zeppelin Museum.
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