Susanne Klatten

Rank 69

Susanne Klatten


BMW, pharmaceuticals

Bad Homburg


  • Klatten is founder of an innovation center at Technical University of Munich, UnternehmerTUM, which claims to be the leading center for business creation in Germany.
  • Her grandfather Guenther Quandt was a Nazi-era industrialist whose ex-wife married Joseph Goebbels.
  • Susanne Klatten owns about 19% of automaker BMW; her brother, Stefan Quandt, owns nearly 24%.
  • Their late mother, Johanna, was the third wife of legendary industrialist Herbert Quandt, who guided BMW to preeminence in the luxury market.
  • An economist with an M.B.A., Klatten helped transform her grandfather's Altana AG into a world-class pharmaceutical/specialty chemical corporation.
  • Klatten is the sole owner and deputy chair of Altana, which has more than $2.5 billion in annual sales.
  • She also holds stakes in Entrust, which specializes in digital identity and data security, and carbon and graphite producer SGL Group.