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entrepreneur , owner of the Schwarz-Gruppe

The German businessman Dieter Schwarz is a famous entrepreneur and owner of the Schwarz-Gruppe. He is the chairman and CEO of the supermarket chain Lidl and the hypermarket chain Kaufland. Schwarz was ranked at number 23 in the list of world’s richest people in the popular Hurun Report Global Rich List.


Dieter Schwarz was born in 24th of September, 1939 in Heilbronn, a city in northern Baden-Württemberg, Germany. His father was a businessman who founded the company, the Schwarz Group, or Schwarz and Lidlto be exact.


Retail marketing in Germany was a sector that was slowly picking up and Schwarz with his knack of reading the market very efficiently as well as smartly, was able to get the best deals in terms of making his company grow. He knew that if he had to create an empire, he would have to do it on his own. So, he purchased the naming rights from the other partner of the empire, Lidl and began growing his empire under his own name.


  • The Dieter Schwarz Foundation supports education and daycare facilities for children, science and research projects as well as other activities. In 2011, the Bildungscampus der Dieter Schwarz Stiftung opened in Heilbronn; the university campus, funded by the foundation, houses a graduate school of management and law as well as other higher education offerings.


A man who is known to be extremely serious about his personal privacy, Dieter Schwarz has only two photographs of him to ever exist. He may be the 23th richest man on the planet but nobody outside his closest circle knows anything about what he thinks or does.

Dieter Schwarz has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charity in addition to setting up his own graduate school for business and law. He is a man who has been respected for his brilliant decision making as well as ability to make crucial break throughs at the right time.


A decidedly private person who shuns all publicity, Schwarz has been married for over 50 years and has two daughters.