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# 449 Theo Mueller $4.59B

Random fact: Son Stefan Mueller serves as a senior executive at the company.

Overview

Mueller is the sole owner of Unternehmensgruppe Theo Mueller, a dairy-goods manufacturer. He inherited a four-person dairy from his father in 1971, and expanded it into a multinational business. The Luxembourg-based company has more than 24,000 employees and revenue of about 5.9 billion euros ($7 billion) in 2018.

As of :
Last change +$58.7M ( +1.3%)
YTD change -$709M ( -13.4%)
Industry Food & Beverage
Biggest asset Theo Mueller Unternehmensgruppe
Citizenship Germany
Age 79
Wealth Self-made
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Mueller's fortune comes from his control of Unternehmensgruppe Theo Mueller, the dairy-goods maker he began managing in 1971. He owns more than 99% of the company directly, according to company filings, with his family sharing a less than 1% stake. The Luxembourg-based company employs about 24,000 people and has annual revenue of 5.9 billion euros ($7 billion) according to its website in November 2019.

It's valued based on the average enterprise value-to-sales, average enterprise value-to-Ebitda multiples of two publicly traded peer companies: Emmi and Savencia.

Carolin Kossin, a spokeswoman for Theo Mueller, declined to comment on the calculation of the billionaire's fortune.

Biography

Birthdate: 1/1/1940
Family: Married, 9 children

Theo Mueller was born in Aretsried, Germany, in 1940, a village west of Munich, where the family-owned dairy was first established in 1896. Mueller took over the business when it was just a four-person dairy in 1971.

Over the next four decades, he expanded the company through acquisitions, including the purchase of Saxons, E. Rehkopf and seafood chain Nordsee. The company has about 25,000 employees, according to its website on Jan. 7, 2016.

Mueller survived a kidnapping attempt when a pistol and electrical-shock equipment were held to his head in 1995, according to the transcript of an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel published on Mueller Group's website. He jumped out of the car and went back to his office that same afternoon.

He announced that he would move his family to Switzerland to avoid 30 percent inheritance tax, in 2003.

The billionaire has nine children, seven from his first marriage to Hanna Bittman, and two daughters with Ines Huevel, his partner since 2003. He lives in Switzerland, near lake Zurich.

Milestones
  • 1896 Ludwig Mueller starts a village dairy in Aretsried, Germany.
  • 1938 Alois Muller, Theo's father, takes over the dairy.
  • 1971 Theo Mueller gains control of the four-person dairy.
  • 1987 Mueller enters the U.K. market.
  • 2008 Begins selling yoghurts in Israel, Czech Republic and Romania.
  • 2012 Buys Robert Wiseman Dairies in its biggest acquisition to date.
  • 2014 Commissions a new gas and steam power plant for own use.
  • 2015 Acquires the fresh milk business of British Dairy Crest