123 Billionaires Across Germany But None In Five German States

Jul 07, 2015, 04:00 ET from Wealth-X

LONDON, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Germany is home to 123 billionaires with a combined net worth of 368 billion (US$413 billion), but there are no individuals from this top wealth tier located in five of the country's 16 states, according to Wealth-X research released today.

These states are: Brandenburg, in the eastern part of the country; Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in northern Germany; the landlocked states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt; and Thuringia in central Germany.

Below is a breakdown of billionaires in the different German states:

German State

Billionaires

Population %

Billionaire Net Worth US$ billions

Billionaire Net Worth € billions

Wealth %



North Rhine-Westphalia

30

24.4%

108

96

26.2%


Bavaria

27

22.0%

88

78

21.3%


Baden-Wuerttemberg

25

20.3%

98

87

23.7%


Hamburg

16

13.0%

50

45

12.1%


Rhineland-Palatinate

8

6.5%

12

11

2.9%


Hesse

6

4.9%

22

20

5.3%


Lower Saxony

5

4.1%

19

17

4.6%


Berlin

2

1.6%

8

7.1

1.9%


Schleswig-Holstein

2

1.6%

4

3.6

1.0%


Bremen

1

0.8%

2

1.8

0.5%


Saarland

1

0.8%

2

1.8

0.5%


Total

123

100.0%

413

368

100.0%


The Wealth-X research also shows that despite having the third smallest general population in Germany, Hamburg ranks fourth in terms of the size of its billionaire population, with 16 individuals. In contrast, Lower Saxony has only five billionaires despite its population of eight million individuals.

Alex Story, Head of Business Development, Germany & Austria, commented: "Wealth is spread out across Germany with a few concentration points such as Cologne, Hamburg and Munich. Although German brands dominate the world like the Colossus did Rhodes harbour, German wealth is local and broadly German, as opposed to the United Kingdom where more than half the ultra wealthy are foreign. What is also interesting is that the divide between East and West is stark. With the exception of Berlin, there are no billionaires in the East."

For more key findings, download Wealth-X's Germany Billionaire Fact File 

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