As per our current Database, Otto Happel is still alive (as per Wikipedia, Last update: September 20, 2019).
Currently, Otto Happel is 72 years, 3 months and 19 days old. Otto Happel will celebrate 73rd birthday on a Tuesday 9th of February 2021. Below we countdown to Otto Happel upcoming birthday.
Otto Happel’s zodiac sign is Pisces. According to astrologers, Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back. Pisces is a Water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity.
Otto Happel was born in the Year of the Rat. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are a good friend and are generous and loyal to others considered part of its pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy, is ever curious, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.
In 1974, Happel became CEO of GEA Group, a small family Business established by his Father in 1920.
Over the next 25 years, he transformed GEA into a global system supplier and introduced machinery and plants for the food processing industry, Energy industry, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. After making over 70 acquisitions, GEA had over 200 subsidiaries in 60 countries. In 1989 he took his company public at the Frankfurt stock exchange, but kept the majority of the voting stock in the family. By 1999, Happel had increased GEA's revenues to over €2.56 billion, as well as its net earnings proportionally.
Happel maintains his family office Luserve AG in Lucerne, Switzerland. He served as a member of the supervisory board at Commerzbank from May 1993 until April 2013.
In 1999 he sold his controlling stake to Germany’s MG Technologies, became the major shareholder of MG Technologies and, once MG Technologies was merged into GEA Group AG, sold his remaining stake to institutional Investors in 2006. GEA Group AG is the largest listed German machinery manufacturer and is broadly Diversified. In 2016, it accounted for revenues of approximately EUR 4,5 bn and employed approximately 17,000 people.
As of March 2017, Forbes estimated his net worth at US$2.7 billion.