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Philanthropists in Germany

Dietmar Hopp

No.1: Dietmar Hopp

With four former colleagues from IBM, Hopp cofounded giant German software company SAP.

To date, the foundation has disbursed more than $380 million.

Klaus Tschira

No.2: Klaus Tschira

SAP cofounder donated 7 million of his shares in 1995 to found the Klaus Tschira Foundation, a nonprofit established to foster public understanding of mathematics, informatics and natural sciences (an amateur astronomer, Tschira has a small asteroid named after him).

Dieter Schwarz

No.3: Dieter Schwarz

German entrepreneur and owner of the Schwarz-Gruppe.

He is the chairman and CEO of the supermarket chain Lidl and the hypermarket chain Kaufland.

In 2013, he was estimated be worth €19.6 billion, and ranked the 24th richest person in the world.

Hasso Plattner

No.4: Hasso Plattner

His donation of six million euros for the Isombululo programme for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS was announced at the Presidents Cup, one of the world's leading international golf tournaments in 2003 and it is suggested that this amount will have helped 360,000 people.

Susanne Klatten

No.5: Susanne Klatten

As of August 2015, her net worth is US$15.3 billion

An active philanthropist, Susanne has made significant contributions to the German political party Christian Democratic Union and was awarded the “Bayerischer Verdienstorden”, which is the Bavarian Order of Merit

Klaus-Michael Kühne

No.6: Klaus-Michael Kühne

As of 2015 according to Forbes, Kühne's net worth is US$ 12.2 billion.

Executive chairman and majority owner (53.30%) of the international transport company Kühne + Nagel, co-founded by his grandfather, August Kühne

Michael Otto

No.7: Michael Otto

German Otto Group, the world's largest mail order company, with US$24 billion in sales in fiscal year 2003.

The Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection is strategically engaged in supporting future-oriented nature conservation

Hasso Plattner

No.8: Hasso Plattner

Plattner has contributed €20 million to the reconstruction of the Stadtschloss (in Potsdam), which was damaged during World War II and demolished in 1959. Plattner signed The Giving Pledge in February 2013

Hans-Werner Hector and Josephine Hector

No.9: Hans-Werner Hector and Josephine Hector

He started the HW & J. Hector Foundations provides money to cancer and AIDS research as well as for the art and historic preservation.