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Michael Otto (businessman)


Michael Otto
Born 12 April 1943 (age 75)
Chełmno (Kulm)General Government administration
Residence Hamburg
Citizenship Germany
Occupation head of Otto Group
Net worth Increase US$16.9 billion (August 2016)[1]
Spouse(s) Married, 2 children

Michael Otto (born 12 April 1943, in Chełmno (Kulm) in Nazi-occupied Poland), is the head of German Otto Group, the world’s largest mail ordercompany, with US$24 billion in sales in fiscal year 2003. Thanks to a 30% rise in Internet sales last year[when?], Otto also maintains its position as the Web’s second-biggest retailer, behind

They were the former owners of Spiegel, Inc., (the parent company of Eddie Bauer and former owners of Spiegel catalog), which filed for bankruptcy on 17 March 2003. On 25 May 2005, Spiegel, Inc., emerged from bankruptcy renamed Eddie Bauer Holdings and is now owned primarily by Commerzbank. The Otto Group no longer has any stake in the company.

Otto and his family own extensive real estate in Canada and in the United States, shopping centers in Germany and part of home-furnishings chain Crate & Barrel. Known as a committed environmentalist, his company has long touted environmentally safe products. In 1993, he created the Michael Otto Foundation (German: Michael Otto Stiftung). This foundation played, and is still playing, an important role in furthering multi-stakeholder dialogue on hot environmental issues. Otto is aleso a member of the World Future Council.

Otto is currently married with two children. He is an alumnus of the University of Hamburg and the University of Munich where he obtained his doctorate degrees.


  1. Jump up^ “Michael Otto Profile”Forbes. Retrieved August 8, 2016.