The Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. The Bundesliga is at the top German football league system, Germany’s primary football competition. This league consists of 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation.
The seasons for the league run from August to May and majority of the game’s fixtures are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played on weekdays. All clubs playing at Bundesliga qualify for the DFB-Pokal while the winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.
Since the inception of the league, fifty-six clubs have competed in the Bundesliga and still counting.
Sports24 brings to you the list of the top 10 richest football club owners in German Bundesliga which include:
- Herbert Hainer (Bayern Munich)
- Hans-Joachim Watzke (Chairman of Borussia Dortmund)
- Oliver Mintzlaff (CEO of RB Leipzig)
- Fernando Carro (CEO Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
- Claus Günter Vogt (VfB Stuttgart)
- Lars Windhorst (Hertha Berlin)
- Dietmar Hopp (TSG Hoffenheim)
- Frank Witter (Executive DirectorVfL Wolfsburg)
- Peter Fischer (Chairman Eintracht Frankfurt)
- Clemens Tönnies (FC Schalke 04)
Herbert Hainer (Bayern Munich)
Aged 65, Herbert Hainer is among the richest football club owners in German Bundesliga and is currently serving as president of the German side Bayern Munich. The German was appointed as chairman of the Bundesliga giants in November 2019 and took after the legendary Uli Hoeness. Hainer was formerly the CEO of the Adidas Group before becoming the president of Bayern Munich.
Hans-Joachim Watzke (Chairman of Borussia Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund has dual ownership hence it is quite intriguing to answer to the question ‘who owns Borussia Dortmund?’
This German giant is primarily owned by two separate corporate outfits namely Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co and KGaA but the current Chief Executive Officer of Borussia Dortmund is Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Oliver Mintzlaff (CEO of RB Leipzig)
RB Leipzig is owned by Red Bull GmbH (99%) which is among the richest football club owners in German Bundesliga. The current chairman of the club, began working under Red Bull “Head of Global Soccer” Gerard Houllier, around January 1, 2014 where he was in charge of the coordination of the group’s football activities.
On June 12, 2014, he became the CEO of RB Leipzig through appointment.
January 2015 has Mintzlaff become the Red Bull “Head of Global Soccer”, replacing Houllier but retaining his predecessor as an advisor.
Fernando Carro (CEO Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
The Chief Executive Officer of Bayer 04 Leverkusen is Fernando Carro andwas born on27th July 1964. He became the CEO at Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH since 1 July 2018.
Aged 56 years, the Spaniard completed his Abitur exams at the German School in Barcelona.
Claus Günter Vogt (VfB Stuttgart)
Claus Günter Vogt is thepresident of VfB Stuttgart and was born on 12 August 1969 in Nurtingen. He is a German football chairman and the president of VfB Stuttgart since 15 December 2019.
Vogt is the founder of the facility management company Intesia Group Holding and is among the richest football club owners in German Bundesliga. In January 2017, the German founded the club FC PlayFair!, which stands up for integrity in professional football.
Lars Windhorst (Hertha Berlin)
German businessman Lars Windhorst is among the richest football club owners in German Bundesliga. He upped his stake in Hertha Berlin to 49.9 per cent after the acquisition of a further 12.4 per cent in the Bundesliga team for €99 million (US$109 million).
Windhorst had already made a payment of €125 million (US$138 million) for a 37.5 per cent stake in the top-flight German soccer club as recently as June via his investment vehicle Tennor Holding. These equity transactions are one of the largest in the history of the Bundesliga.
Included in that deal was an option to buy an additional 12.4 per cent stake in Hertha Berlin at a higher valuation. After his initial purchase, Windhorst said that Tennor has plans to make a long-term commitment to build on Hertha BSC’s success, both on and off the pitch and that’s pretty good.
Dietmar Hopp (TSG Hoffenheim)
Dietmar Hopp is among the richest football club owners in German Bundesliga and is best known to football fans as the one that owns Bundesliga club Hoffenheim.
Hopp was a former youth player at his local club and as an entrepreneur, co-founded software company SAP in 1972 and according to Forbes, has a net worth of $15.9 billion (£12.4bn) currently. Hopp is one of the richest people in Germany but retired from SAP in the mid-2000s to focus on his philantropic work with the Dietmar Hopp Foundation.
Hopp kicked off with his investment in Hoffenheim in 1990, helping the side win multiple promotions. He retired from SAP and intensified his interest afterwards in the club and his recruitment of Ralf Rangnick in 2006 as well as major investment on players saw the village team record back-to-back promotions to go up to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history. This milestone as hit in 2008.
Frank Witter (Executive DirectorVfL Wolfsburg)
Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg is a professional sports club based in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. The club grew out of a multi-sports club for Volkswagen workers in the city of Wolfsburg. Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg is best known for its football department, but other departments include badminton, handball and athletics.
Frank Witter is currently the Executive Director of the side.
His current position is CFO/Member-Mgmt Board, Volkswagen AG and took up the position on October 2015 and is still in that position. He was previously the Chairman-Mgmt Board/CEO, Volkswagen Financial Services AG and obtained his education at the University Hannover.
He has membership with the following board: Traton SE and Volkswagen Financial Services AG and is into the Consumer Discretionary Products industry.
Peter Fischer (Chairman Eintracht Frankfurt)
The German, Peter Fischer, is among the richest football club owners in German Bundesliga and has been the President of Eintracht Frankfurt e.V since 2000. He began working as an advertising salesman in 1975 before venturing into entrepreneurship in various fields from 1979, owning boutiques, clubs and then working as a management consultant. Peter is an incredibly passionate about being of huge support to his team.
Clemens Tönnies (FC Schalke 04)
Clemens Tönnies is the chairman of the German football club Schalke 04 and is among the richest football club owners in German Bundesliga and is stepping down from his office as the chairman of the club for three months following widespread condemnation of his comments linking climate change with overpopulation in Africa.
Tönnies is a billionaire owner of a meat processing company.