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WHU Family Business club

Located at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management we believe in the power of family businesses. Therefore, it is our goal to provide learning and networking opportunities. 

WHU Family Business Summit

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Join us for our first annual family business event!

The day is filled with interesting speeches, discussions and networking possibilities in an open atmosphere at our WHU campus in Vallendar. Our event is aimed for students and almuni of WHU. 

Peter Sewing
Peter is co-founder and managing director of the Obermark group and will tell us about the attractiveness of investing in family firms in our interactive keynote speech
Stefan Gesing
As external CEO of the family firm Dornbracht, Stefan Gesing will share his challenges and experience in the moderated discussion
Dr. Benedikt & Isabelle Himbert
Isabelle is NextGen at Arno Arnold GmbH. Her and Benedikt are married and are both successfully leading what has become their own new family business
Gitta Neuhaus-Galladé
Gitta is NextGen in the 8th generation of J.D. Neuhaus Group and will share her insights in our second focused talk
Frederic Horsch
Frederic is NextGen in the second generation of the agricultural machinery company Horsch Maschinen GmbH. And will share his insights in our second focused talk

Our Goals Are Your Opportunities


Seize the opportunity to connect to members of family firms and extend your network


Experience family firms through first-hand interactions and interesting exchanges


Get in touch with family firm owners and experience the idiosyncrasies of each firm


Learn more about why family firms are different and why they are of such importance

Welcome to the Family Business Club!

Our student club is located at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and founded with one clear goal in mind: show students the great opportunities family firms have to offer. 

While each family firm is different on an individual level, they are all united in their strong values, entrepreneurial thinking, and significant relevance for the economies around the world. 

We want to spotlight the peculiarities and opportunities of family firms through networking and learning experiences at our events. 

Why are family businesses important?

90% of all companies in Germany are family owned. This makes family firms the major driver of the German economic success.

Around 90-95% of all companies worldwide are family firms providing 60-70% of the global GDP and employing around 80% of the global workforce. 

Currently, Walmart is the largest family owned firm with around $524bn annual revenue and 2.2m employees. That’s about the size of the GDP of Austria. 

Our Background and Partners

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

WHU is the #1 German Business School for degree programs and offers academic programs as well as education for executives.

WHU is a Germany based business school with locations in Vallendar and Düsseldorf.

The key WHU values are community, cosmopoliteness, entrepreneurship and excellence.

Institute for Family Business & Mittelstand

The Institute is a thought leader in the field of family business and small and medium-sized enterprises.

The current research focuses on the understanding of innovation, leadership and employee satisfaction, succession, inertia, business ethics and financing of family firms as well as family offices.

Together with the Institute we want to generate impact for family businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises on a regional, national, and international level.

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
Burgplatz 2, 56179 Vallendar