Susanne Klatten

About Susanne Klatten

Birth Day: April 28, 1962
Birth Place: Bad Homburg, Germany, Germany
Residence: Bad Homburg
Citizenship: Germany
Education: IMD-Lausanne (MBA)
Known for: holdings in Altana and BMW; richest woman in Germany
Spouse(s): Jan Klatten (m. 1990)
Children: 3
Parent(s): Herbert Quandt (1910–1982) Johanna Quandt (1926–2015)
Relatives: Stefan Quandt (brother; b. 1966)

Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten was born on April 28, 1962 in Bad Homburg, Germany, Germany. Susanne Klatten ranks as Germany's richest woman thanks primarily to the interests she inherited in automaker BMW from her deceased parents, Herbert and Johanna Quandt. Susanne and her brother, Stefan Quandt, together own almost 50% of BMW. A trained economist with an M.B.A., Klatten is credited with helping transform Altana AG, based in the German town of Wesel on the Lower Rhine, into a world-class pharmaceutical/specialty chemical corporation. She inherited 50% of the company, which has been a phenomenal moneymaker and currently derives about 85% of its $2 billion-plus in annual sales from foreign customers. After it sold its pharmaceutical business, best known for the blockbuster ulcer drug Pantoprazol, to Scandinavian firm Nycomed for around $6 billion in 2006, she received roughly half of the proceeds in the form of a special dividend. Having since taken the company private, she currently owns 100% and serves as co-Deputy Chairperson of the Supervisory Board. She also holds stakes in wind power outfit Nordex AG, soil additive company Geohumus and carbon and graphite producer SGL Group, where she became Chairperson of the Supervisory Board in 2013. Her SKion Holding Group, an investment vehicle based in Bad Homburg vor der Hoehe near Frankfurt am Main, has an arm dedicated to water technology, with stakes in five companies in Germany and the Netherlands. Klatten lives in Bad Homburg vor der Hoehe and has a second home in Kitzbuehel, Austria; she is sometimes spotted at the Alpine ski resort in winter months with her husband Jan at her side. Klatten is otherwise known for keeping an extremely low profile.
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Occupation Automotive
Age 58 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born April 28, 1962 (Bad Homburg, Germany, Germany)
Birthday April 28
Town/City Bad Homburg, Germany, Germany
Nationality Germany

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Susanne Klatten’s zodiac sign is Taurus. According to astrologers, Taurus is practical and well-grounded, the sign harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, turned to the material world, hedonism, and physical pleasures. People born with their Sun in Taurus are sensual and tactile, considering touch and taste the most important of all senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they reach the point of personal satisfaction.

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Police prevented an attempt to kidnap her and her mother Johanna Quandt in 1978.


Klatten was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. After gaining a degree in Business Finance, she worked for the advertising agency Young & Rubicam in Frankfurt from 1981 to 1983. 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.


Susanne met Jan Klatten while she was doing an internship with BMW in Regensburg, where he worked as an Engineer. It is reported that during this time she called herself Kant and did not tell him who she was until they were sure about each other, but Klatten herself denies the story. They married in 1990 in Kitzbühel and live in Munich. They have three children. 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.


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


On her father's death she inherited his 50.1% stake in pharmaceutical and chemicals manufacturer Altana. 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 Klatten remained its majority shareholder. In 2009, she bought almost all shares she did not already own in Altana.


In 2007 Klatten was blackmailed by Helg "Russak" Sgarbi, a 44-year-old Swiss national who threatened to release materials depicting the two having an affair. 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.


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


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 (de) of Germany.

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