Otto Beisheim

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Otto Beisheim (3 January 1924 – 18 February 2013[1]) was a German businessman and founder of Metro AG. In 2010, his net worth was estimated at US $3.6 billion.[2]

World War II

During World War II Beisheim served in the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.[3] Beisheim was a SS-Sturmmann (corresponds private) in an artillery regiment of the Leibstandarte.[4]


The first Metro Market, opened in November 1963 in Essen-Altenessen.

On 10 January 2004, Beisheim Center was officially opened on the northwest side of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, built for 463 million euros, and including the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott chains.

In 2009, he sold 5.2% of the shares of Metro AG to various national and international investors; a further 3.1% could be sold.[5]


The WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, in Koblenz is named after him.[6][7][8]