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A short biography of Paul Riegel

Together with his brother Hans, Paul Riegel, born on 28 September 1926 in Bonn, took over his father's then small company after the Second World War. Right from the outset, the brothers agreed on a division of responsibilities. From that point onwards, Paul Riegel was responsible for production and technology and his brother for sales and marketing, and the management and administration side of the business. Paul had a knack for technology and invented a number of machines himself which he then constructed in the company's in-house workshop. One of his best-known inventions is a liquorice wheel winding machine.

Together with his brother, he laid the foundations for the continued successful development of the HARIBO Group with these technical developments. Today, HARIBO is one of the world's most successful family-run confectionery companies with 16 production sites and over 6000 employees.

In October 2006, the city of Bonn recognised Paul Riegel's "outstanding services rendered to Bonn in the form of promotion of the city as a business location" by honouring him with entry into the city's "Golden Book".

Paul Riegel was not only able to look back on a professional career that included many successes; he was also quite a successful sportsman: Runner-up in the German Badminton World Championships, five times German motorboat racing champion including one world record, four times winner in the catamaran category at the Kiel Week regatta, and he was also an accomplished equestrian. Paul und Hans Riegel discovered the sport of badminton in Denmark and introduced it to Germany, also constructing Germany's first badminton court in Bonn-Kessenich.

Paul Riegel also lent his support to numerous social projects in the Bonn region and beyond.

On 2 August 2009, HARIBO co-owner Paul Riegel died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Bonn at the age of 82.  

Paul Riegel was survived by his wife Gerti and their children Hans-Jürgen, Hans-Guido, Andrea and Hans-Arndt, and ten grandchildren.

With the future of the company in mind, Paul Riegel had already invested his shares into a holding company several years before he passed away. The Paul Riegel Holding GmbH & Co. KG is now run by his children.

Dr. Hans Riegel

Dr. Riegel

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