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# 384 Peter-Alexander Wacker & family $6.23B

Random fact: Wacker Chemie makes a raw material for use in solar panels.

Overview

Wacker is the chairman of Wacker-Chemie, a producer of specialty chemicals including a silicone that's used to make electronics and solar panels. The Munich, Germany-based company has offices in about 32 countries worldwide and 26 production sites. It had revenue of 6.2 billion euros ($7.3 billion) in 2021.

As of :
Last change -$56.1M ( -0.9%)
YTD change +$198M ( +3.3%)
Biggest asset WCH GY Equity
Country / Region Germany
Age 71
Industry Industrial
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Net Worth Summary

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The majority of Wacker's fortune is derived from his family's majority stake in Wacker-Chemie, a publicly traded chemical manufacturer. He holds shares through two family-owned Munich-based holding companies: Dr. Alexander Wacker Familiengesellschaft and Blue Elephant.

The company's website and annual report don't provide share counts of the major holders. They put Dr. Alexander Wacker Familiengesellschaft's holding at "over 50 percent" and Blue Elephant's at "over 10 percent". In this analysis, Dr. Alexander Wacker Familiengesellschaft is attributed a 51.3% stake and Blue Elephant a 10.9% stake, based on an analysis of company filings. Wacker-Chemie has offices in 32 countries worldwide and 26 production sites, according to its website.

The value of his cash investments is based on an analysis of dividends, insider transactions, taxes and market performance.

Christof Bachmair, a spokesperson for Wacker Chemie, declined to comment on the net worth calculation.

Biography

Birthdate: 2/10/1951
Family: Married, No children
Education: University of Vienna, University of Geneva, University Of Munich

Peter-Alexander Wacker was born in Tegernsee, Germany on Feb. 10, 1951. He's the great-grandson of Alexander Wacker, who founded Wacker Chemie in 1914. Peter-Alexander studied in Vienna, Geneva and Munich and received a Master's degree in business administration before starting work at BMW AG in 1978.

Prior to joining his family's business, Wacker was responsible for BMW's strategic corporate and product planning. He founded technology and management consulting company TMG in 1992 and was appointed to the supervisory board of Wacker Chemie a year later.

Wacker Chemie started producing acetic acid and acetone in 1916, became part of the industrial conglomerate IG Farben 10 years later, and began making the raw materials for adhesives and plastics in 1935. The family re-claimed a majority stake in the company in 1952.

The billionaire was appointed president and chief executive officer of Wacker Chemie in 2005, a year before it became publicly traded. He lives in Ulm, Germany with his family.

Milestones
  • 1914 Alexander Wacker founds Wacker Chemie.
  • 1917 Company opens first ever large-scale production of acetaldehyde.
  • 1951 Dr. Peter-Alexander Wacker is born in Tegernsee, Germany.
  • 1983 Wacker Chemicals East Asia is founded in Tokyo.
  • 2005 Peter Alexander Wacker becomes president and CEO of Wacker Chemie.
  • 2006 Wacker Chemie becomes publicly traded in Germany.
  • 2008 Is appointed chairman of the supervisory board of Wacker Chemie.
  • 2014 Wacker Chemie celebrates its centennial.