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# 489 Alexander Otto $5.22B

Random fact: Father opposed Nazi regime and was imprisoned in Berlin before WWII.


Otto is the chief executive officer of ECE, a closely held manager of about 200 shopping centers. He owns the Hamburg-based business, and two North American property management companies, with his mother and sister. He also owns a roughly one-fifth stake in closely held conglomerate Otto Group.

As of :
Last change +$24.9M ( +0.5%)
YTD change -$1.25B ( -19.3%)
Biggest asset ECE Projektmanagement
Country / Region Germany
Age 55
Industry Real Estate
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Relative Value

Alexander Otto's net worth of $5.22B can buy ...

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of the GDP of the United States
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of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
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Alexander Otto owns 20.9% of closely held retail, financial services and logistics conglomerate Otto Group. The company had revenue of 15.6 billion euros ($17 billion) and Ebitda of 1.3 billion euros in the year ended Feb. 28, 2021, according to its annual report.

He also has a majority stake in ECE Projektmanagement, a Hamburg-based real estate company. He controls this and Toronto-based Park Property Management through his 58% stake in Hamburg-based holding company Kommanditgesellschaft Cura Vermoegensverwaltung. ECE manages 200 shopping centers, according to the company's website.

ECE is valued using an analysis of the historic price-to-assets under management multiple of peer company Patrizia. ECE has 33 billion euros ($37.5 billion) in assets under management, according to its website in September 2021.

The value of Park Property is calculated based on average occupancy rates, revenue, and cap rates according to research service Colliers and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

The value of his cash investments reflect the equity once held in properties the Ottos sold to Paramount, as well as the family's holdings, which were provided by the person familiar with their fortune. The billionaire's share of these holdings is calculated using his stake in the family holding company.

Other holdings include a 6% stake in U.S. real estate company Paramount Group, according to its 2021 proxy statement, and a 19.5% stake of Deutsche EuroShop, according to its 2020 annual report.

Lukas Nemela, a spokesman for ECE, said the billionaire declined to comment on Bloomberg's net worth calculation.


Birthdate: 7/7/1967
Family: Unknown, No children
Education: Harvard Business School, Harvard University, St Clare's Oxford

Alexander Otto was born in Hamburg to Maren and Werner Otto, the founder of the Otto Group, one of the world's largest mail-order companies. After finishing high school in Oxford, he received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Otto started working at the family's closely held real estate business, ECE Projektmanagement in 1994, which today operates in 12 countries and attracts 4.3 million customers to its 199 shopping centers every day, according to its website. He was appointed the company's CEO in 2000, and also serves on the board of the Otto Group.

  • 1949 Father opens namesake retail business in a Hamburg factory.
  • 1967 Born in Hamburg to Maren and Werner Otto, the founder of the Otto Group.
  • 1981 Half-brother, Michael, takes control of Otto Group as chairman and CEO.
  • 1994 Starts working at closely held real estate business ECE Projektmanagement.
  • 1994 Receives MBA from Harvard University.
  • 2000 Appointed ECE's CEO; oversees almost 65 million square feet of shopping malls.
  • 2011 Father dies in Berlin at age 102.
  • 2015 Backs Hamburg's unsuccessful bid for the 2024 Olympics.