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Aldi founder Karl Albrecht died

Karl Albrecht was 94 years old.
Photo: Aldi South

Germany's richest man was 94 years old

Four years after the death of his younger brother Theodor, the second Aldi founder died. Karl Albrecht leaves a billion-fortune.

He was the richest man in Germany and one of the richest people in the world: Aldi founder Karl Albrecht died at the age of 94 years and leaves an estimated fortune of 20 billion euros . Until the end he accompanied the fortunes of his company.

As a trained baker Karl Albrecht took over with brother Theo after the Second World War, the parental grocery store, which they expanded and divided in 1961 in Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd . Aldi became the leading discounter and, with 200, 000 employees and an annual turnover of 50 billion euros, one of the largest German companies .

Karl Albrecht died last Wednesday and has since been buried at the municipal cemetery in Essen. Like the entire Albrecht family, the billionaire entrepreneur himself had a time-retired life and virtually never appeared in public. His fortune is managed by a foundation.