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The World’s Youngest Billionaires Are Shadowed by a WWII Weapons Fortune

The Flicks are worth $1.8 billion each. Their industrialist grandfather was postwar Germany’s richest man.
Friedrich Flick, flanked by U.S. Army guards in a courtroom at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, on Jan. 15, 1947.

Friedrich Flick, flanked by U.S. Army guards in a courtroom at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, on Jan. 15, 1947.

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Their grandfather was said to be Nazi Germany’s richest man after building a weapons empire on the backs of slave labor.

Their father was involved in one of postwar Germany’s biggest political scandals. He almost frittered away the family fortune.