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#415 Aloys Wobben $4.61B

Random fact: Built first wind turbine with Meinhard Remmers, a fellow student.

Overview

Wobben founded Enercon, the world's sixth-largest wind turbine manufacturer. The Aurich, Germany-based business also makes generators, and offers grid integration services and wind farm management. Enercon had 6.6 percent of the global onshore turbine market and revenue of 5.1 billion euros ($5.7 billion) in 2016.

As of June 19, 2018:
Last change -$4.00M (-0.1%)
YTD change -$577M (-11.1%)
Industry Energy
Biggest asset UEE Holding
Citizenship Germany
Age 65
Wealth Self-made
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Wobben's fortune is derived from his control of Aurich, Germany-based UEE Holding, the parent of Enercon. Closely held Enercon was the world's sixth-largest wind turbine company, according to its website. His shares in the company have been held through the Aloys-Wobben-Stiftung since 2012.

UEE Holding had revenue of 5.1 billion euros ($5.7 billion) in 2016, according to its financial results published on Bundesanzeiger, Germany's federal gazette. It's valued using its 2016 financials and the average enterprise value-to-sales and price-to-earnings multiples of two publicly traded peer companies: Vestas and Nordex. The valuation was updated on Feb. 15, 2018 to reflect 2016 financials, and this led to a decrease in the valuation of more than $500 million.

Felix Rehwald, a spokesperson for Enercon, declined to comment on the net wealth calculation.

Biography

Birthdate: 1952
Family: Unknown, No children
Education: University of Oldenburg, Bachelor's Degree

Aloys Wobben was born in Rastorf, Germany, in 1952. He studied electrical engineering at Germany's Technical University of Braunschweig. While serving as a student assistant in the renewable energy department in 1975, he developed his first wind turbine with Meinhard Remmers, a fellow classmate. Wobben set up the wind power equipment manufacturer Enercon in Aurich, Germany, in 1984.

Over the next three decades, he built the closely held company into the world's fourth-largest wind power equipment manufacturer, controlling almost 50 percent of the wind turbine market in Germany, and about 10 percent worldwide. Wobben retired as Enercon's CEO for health reasons in 2012, and moved his holdings into a trust to preserve the independence of the business.

Milestones
  • 1952 Aloys Wobben is born in Rastorf, Germany.
  • 1975 Develops his first wind turbine with Meinhard Remmers, a fellow student.
  • 1984 Founds Enercon in Aurich, Germany, and builds company's first wind turbine.
  • 1992 Completes first company-owned production facility.
  • 2006 Receives honorary doctorate from University of Kassel.
  • 2007 Builds new headquarters in Aurich, Germany.
  • 2008 Awarded the Rudolf Diesel Medal from the German Institute for Inventions.
  • 2012 Retires as CEO for health reasons and moves his Enercon shares into a trust.