The German businessman Georg von Opel has an estimated net worth of $2 billion. He is the great-grandson of Adam Opel, the auto pioneer and founder of the reputed German car company, Opel which is now a subsidiary of the American General Motors Company. Needless to say, Georg rose to riches thanks to his huge inheritance. In 1989 Georg inherited $150 million after the death of his father and he decided to enter the private equity business through Hansa AG.
In 2009 Georg sold his share of Swiss Jelmoli Holding to Swiss Prime Site, a real estate company, for $230 million in cash and a stake of 9% in the company. Georg also has a 96% stake in Athris, a private investment firm. This is the same firm by which he has huge stakes in a restaurant chain, a Swiss hotel chain, shopping centers in Russia & Algeria and in a sports retailer.
The German businessman graduated in business administration from the University of Rhode Islands. He has set up the Georg & Emily Von Opel Foundation that helps to fund the education and well-being of not-so-fortunate teenagers and children in developing countries. He is a long-time Swiss resident and lives in Zurich with his wife. He has four girls and was blessed with a son, Louis, last year.