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#342 Reinhold Schmieding $5.13B

Random fact: Founded Arthrex in Germany in 1981.


Schmieding is the founder of Arthrex, a closely held surgical device maker that has developed more than 10,000 orthopedic products and procedures for shoulders, knees and other joints. The Naples, Florida-based company exports to more than 100 countries and has offices in Asia, Canada, Dubai, Europe and the Americas.

As of July 24, 2017:
Last change -$36.1M (-0.7%)
YTD change +$609M (+13.5%)
Industry Health Care
Biggest asset Arthrex
Citizenship United States
Age 0
Wealth Self-made
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Schmieding is credited with all of closely held Arthrex based on his status as the company's sole founder and comments in his autobiography that he avoided taking venture capital or other financial investors. It's valued using the average enterprise value-to-sales and enterprise value-to-Ebitda multiples of three peers: Smith & Nephew, Stryker and ConMed. Arthrex doesn't disclose its financials. It had revenue of $1.6 billion in 2014, according to Fortune, and $1.5 billion in 2013, according to Gulfshore Business. The company is calculated to have revenue of $1.7 billion in 2016 based on the performance of the three peers.

Arthrex's press office didn't respond to telephone and e-mail messages requesting comment on Schmieding's net worth.


Family: Unmarried, No children

Reinhold Scmieding was born in Michigan to German parents who moved to the U.S. six months before he was born. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1977 before moving to Germany to work as a salesman for medical device supplier Richards Medical, according to a 2015 press release on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida.

He started Arthrex in Munich in 1981, focusing on supplying local surgeons with orthopedic devices specializing in shoulder, knee, hip and small joint surgery. Two decades later he moved the company's headquarters to Naples, Florida. The company has developed more than 8,500 products and surgical procedures.

The billionaire lives in Florida and Munich and has two children, according to a 2012 article in the Naples Daily News.

  • 1977 Graduates from Michigan State University.
  • 1981 Founds Arthrex GmbH in Munich, Germany.
  • 1991 Relocates Arthrex to Naples, Florida from Germany.
  • 2006 Publishes autobiography, "Helping Surgeons Treat Their Patients Better."
  • 2013 Opens manufacturing facility in Florida.
  • 2015 Court upholds $85 million damage award against Arthrex for patent infringement.
  • 2015 Inducted into Collier County's Business Hall of Fame.
  • 2016 U.S. Supreme Court rejects Arthrex appeal on infringement payment.