Karl Albrecht


Karl Hans Albrecht was a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. He was for many years the richest person in Germany. As of February 2014, he was ranked as 21st-richest person in the world by Hurun Report.

Karl Albrecht

What is ‘Karl Albrecht’

The German billionaire entrepreneur who founded discount supermarket chain Aldi and one of the richest people in the world according to Forbes. As of 2010, Aldi had more than 4,000 stores in Germany plus another 8,000-plus stores in Australia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United States amongst other countries. It’s biggest competitor is another German discount supermarket chain, Lidl.

Explaining ‘Karl Albrecht’

In addition to groceries, Aldi also sells skin care products and some household items. Aldi primarily sells its own brand of products. Other ways the store keeps costs down include charging customers for shopping bags, not accepting credit cards or charging a fee to accept them and using a coin-machine system to lend shopping carts to consumers so they will return them to the store.

Karl Albrecht FAQ

What is social intelligence in your opinion?

Social intelligence is the capacity to know oneself and others. It develops from experience with people and learning from success and failures in social settings. It is usually referred to as “tact”, “common sense”, or “street smarts”.

What is social intelligence theory?

The social intelligence theory was first proposed by American psychologist Edward Thorndike in 1920. He defined it as, “The ability to understand and manage men and women and boys and girls, to act wisely in human relations.” No one is born socially intelligent.

What are the components of social intelligence?

According to Goleman (2006: 84–97), there are two components of social intelligence, which are also comprised of several subcategories: Social awareness – primal empathy, attunement, empathic accuracy, social cognition, and social facility – synchrony, self- presentation, influence, concern.

What is social intelligence in leadership?

Social intelligence is being aware of your motives and also others’ feelings, knowing what to do to fit into different social situations and what makes other people tick.

Who inherited the Aldi fortune?

Berthold’s father, Theo Albrecht died in 2010, leaving an estimated $16.7 billion fortune to his sons Theo Jr. and Berthold, who died in 2012. The fortune, under the stewardship of Theo Albrecht Jr, has since risen to $21.2 billion, Forbes estimates.

How much is the Aldi family worth?

The Albrecht family, owner of Aldi and Trader Joe’s, has been historically secretive, and a lot is unknown about their personal lives. What is known, however, is their net worth: $53.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Further Reading

  • Whole algae hydrothermal liquefaction: 2014 state of technology – www.osti.gov [PDF]
  • The arbitrage principle in financial economics – www.aeaweb.org [PDF]
  • Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider: Verfassungsrecht der Europaischen Union. Teil 2: Wirtschaftsverfassung mit Welthandelsordnung – search.proquest.com [PDF]
  • German Historical School and the question of liberalism: Karl-Heinz Schmidt – books.google.com [PDF]
  • Alternative concepts for a global financial system–an answer to the present world financial crisis/Conceptos alternativos para una sistema financiero global–una … – www.jstor.org [PDF]