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Rudolf August Oetker

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Name  Rudolf Oetker
Siblings  Ursula Oetker
Role  Entrepreneur

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Children  Richard Oetker, Rosely Schweizer, Julia Oetker, Bergit Grafin Douglas

Parents  Ida Oetker, Rudolf Oetker
Grandchildren  Carl Christian Oetker

Died  16 January 2007 (aged 90)

Born  20 September 1916 (age 90)

Similar  Richard Oetker, August Oetker, Jan Philipp Reemtsma

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Rudolf August Oetker (20 September 1916 – 16 January 2007) was a German entrepreneur and Nazi who became a billionaire running his private food company Oetker-Gruppe.


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Early life

Oetker served in the Waffen-SS before he became the president of their family-run business in 1944, inherited from his grandfather August Oetker, who invented a popular mixture of baking powder.


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Rudolf August Oetker elevated the company to a household name in Germany today. The Oetker-Gruppe was one of the symbols of the post-World War II recovery effort in the country.

Rudolf August Oetker History

Oetker retired as executive director in 1981, turning the position over to his son August Oetker (jr.).

In 2006, his net worth was estimated by Forbes at US$8.0 billion.

Personal life

Oetker married three times and had eight children. His son Richard became CEO in 2010.

In 2014, the Oetker business empire was valued at $12 billion, and each of his eight children inherited an equal share of 12.5%, or about $1.5 billion:

  • Rosely Schweizer
  • August Oetker
  • Bergit Douglas
  • Christian Oetker
  • Richard Oetker
  • Alfred Oetker
  • Carl Ferdinand Oetker
  • Julia Oetker
  • After discovering Oetker's Nazi past, his children hired a provenance researcher to investigate the origins of his art collection and, in a widely praised action, have begun returning stolen or looted artworks to the heirs of their Jewish owners.


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