Wolfgang Leitner

From Wikispooks
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Person.png Wolfgang Leitner  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(businessman, billionaire)
Wolfgang Leitner.png
BornMarch 27, 1953
Alma materUniversity of Graz
InterestsMcKinsey & Company
Austrian billionaire businessman. Started pharma company with fellow Bilderberger and minister for economy Martin Bartenstein.

Wolfgang Leitner is an Austrian manager and entrepreneur. He attended the 2008 Bilderberg meeting.

Youth, education and early career

Wolfgang Leitner was born in 1953 as the son of a locksmith and studied chemistry at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz. After completing his studies, he worked in research for Vianova, an Austrian subsidiary of Hoechst AG, from 1978 to 1981. From 1981 to 1985 he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Munich.

In 1986 he founded the pharmaceutical company Genericon together with his fellow Bilderberger, who later became Economics Minister, Martin Bartenstein. Their Hungarian subsidiary Pharmavit had great success with carbon tablets and generic drugs and was bought in 1995 by the US pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb for 110 million dollars.

Career at Andritz AG

At the same time, Leitner had been CFO since 1987 and CEO from 1994 of Andritz AG, an Austrian plant engineering company. His areas of responsibility include central group functions such as human resources, controlling and accounting, corporate communications and investor relations, internal auditing, IT and business process management. When Andritz AG was sold in 1999, Leitner acquired a 26 percent stake, 72 percent of the shares are in free float and two percent are held by the management.

According to the Wirtschaftsblatt, on May 23, 2014, Leitner has private assets estimated at 2.1 billion euros.[1] In 2014, the business magazine Trend listed Wolfgang Leitner as the 21st richest Austrian with an estimated fortune of 1.36 billion euros.[2] Forbes Magazine's 2015 list of The World's Billionaires ranked Leitner 1190 with an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion. He is thus in sixth place on the list of the richest Austrians.[3]

In July 2021 after 27 years, Joachim Schönbeck was appointed as his successor as CEO of Andritz AG from April 2022, Leitner then moved to the Supervisory Board.[4][5]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/20085 June 20088 June 2008US
The 56th Bilderberg, Chantilly, Virginia, 139 guests