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university professor , businessperson

Reinhold Würth, German manufacturing executive. Licensed professional pilot Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Background

He took over his father's tiny wholesale screw business at 19 and built it into the Adolf Würth Group, which posted record $13 billion in sales in 2013.

Education

Doctor (honorary), University Tubingen. Senator (honorary), University Tubingen.

Career

First apprentice screw trade Wurth Group, Kunzelsau, 1949, head business and management, 1954, chairman advisory board, since 1994. Head Interfacultative Institute Entrepreneurship University Karlsruhe, 1999—2003. Member supervisory board IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG, Dusseldorf.

Shareholder, member board trustees Robert-Bosch Foundation. Chairman advisory board Entrepreneurs Society International Cooperation Baden-Wurttemberg.

Achievements

  • Würth has received many honors over the years, including, but not limited to being inducted into Hall of Fame of German Industry and receiving the Ludwig Erhard medal, which rewards individuals who have attained exemplary results in their work for the public good and for the development of the social market economy.\r\nWürth is an honorary doctor and honorary senator of the University of Tübingen and was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Grand Cross of the Order of Merit) of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Diesel medal, and the Medal of Merit of the state of Baden-Württemberg.\r\nIn March 2004, Reinhold Würth received the French medal and was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour. On 18 November 2005, Professor Reinhold Würth was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau, a military and civil order of the Netherlands, by royal decision.\r\n1985 Federal Cross of Merit\r\n1987 Economic Medal of the State of Baden-Württemberg\r\n1991 Honorary Senator of the University of Tübingen\r\n1994 Order of Merit of Baden-Württemberg\r\n1996 Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class\r\n1998 Montblanc de la Culture (for involvement in the promotion of art and culture)\r\n1999: Professor at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), management of inter-faculty Institute for Entrepreneurship\r\nHonorary doctorate from the Faculty of Economics, University of Tübingen\r\nStaufer Medal\r\n2000 Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France)\r\n2001 Innovation Award of the SPD\r\n2002 Reinhold-Maier Medal of Reinhold-Maier Foundation\r\n2003 Honorary Citizen of Künzelsau\r\n2004 Knight of the Legion of Honour (France)\r\nacceptance into the Business Hall of Fame (Initiative of Manager Magazin and the House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany (Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), Bonn, Germany)\r\nGerman Founder's Award for Lifetime Achievement\r\nLudwig Erhard Prize for Business Journalism\r\nDiesel Gold Medal of the German Institute for Inventions\r\n2005 Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany\r\nOfficer in the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)\r\nHonorary Senator of the University of Stuttgart\r\nMay 2007: Honorary doctorate in art history and museum design at the University of Palermo\r\nNovember 2007: Honorary doctorate from the University of Louisville (Kentucky, USA)\r\n2008 Grand Order of Merit of South Tyrol\r\n2009 University Award of the University of Tübingen\r\nEntrepreneur Award 2009 of the Business Club Aachen-Maastricht\r\n2011 Emil Beck Memorial Award of the Fencing Club Tauberbischofsheim\r\n2012 James Simon Prize of James Simon Foundation to Carmen and Reinhold Würth - Award for exemplary, social and cultural activities in Germany\r\nCarl-Friedrich Medal of the Faculty of Economics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)\r\n2013 International Folkwang Prize\r\n2015: Honorary Citizen of Schwäbisch Hall.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Modern and contemporary art collecting.

Connections

Married Carmen Wurth. 3 children.

spouse:
Carmen Wurth