There are around 3.3 million companies in Germany. Only about 440 are listed on the stock exchange. The top 5 are all DAX heavyweights. We present them below.
1. Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg
For years, Volkswagen has been competing with Toyota for first place in global car manufacturing. In Germany and Europe, VW’s top position is undisputed. The group, which employs over 662,000 people, produces passenger cars (brands include VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat) and commercial vehicles (brands include MAN and Scania).
Update 2023: The Group’s fundamental transformation into the age of digital and all-electric mobility is also having an impact at the personnel level. As part of a 10-point plan, there will therefore be relevant personnel changes at CARIAD SE, Bentley Motors Ltd, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Volkswagen Group Components and at Volkswagen AG itself.
2. Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Stuttgart
Germany’s second-largest automaker is soon to become two groups. The commercial vehicle subsidiary Daimler Truck is to go public as an independent company and Daimler will become Mercedes-Benz, responsible for the passenger car division. The two companies are still a single group with a good 288,000 employees.
Update 2023: The former Daimler AG now operates as Mercedes-Benz Group AG with its passenger cars and commercial vehicles divisions. The Group also operates as a mobility and financial services provider.
3. Allianz SE, Munich
Allianz is one of the world’s largest insurance groups and, with its investment subsidiary Allianz Global Investors, also a major financial services provider. Founded in 1890, the group has 150,000 employees and operates as a universal insurer and fund provider. All Allianz shares are in free float.
4. BMW AG, Munich
BMW is a car and motorcycle brand rich in tradition – today a globally active automobile manufacturer, which also includes the Mini and Rolls Royce brands. The DAX-listed group, which employs almost 121,000 people, is largely controlled by the Quandt heirs Susanne Klatten and Stefan Quandt; 53.2 percent of the shares are free float.
5. Siemens AG, Munich/Berlin
Siemens is a technically oriented conglomerate and has been listed on the stock exchange since 1897. Today, there are three Siemens-related shares in the DAX: the Siemens share, the share of the medical technology subsidiary Siemens Healthineers and the share of the spun-off but affiliated group Siemens Energy. Siemens has 293,000 employees
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Our comprehensive list of the largest German companies with tradable shares offers unprecedented opportunities. The list helps you to find relevant shares and to analyse the turnover behind them. The sector divisions and areas of activity offer the possibility of carrying out sector-wide analyses. The deposited turnovers are taken from the annual financial statements published in 2021 on the Bundesanzeiger (Federal Gazette). The Excel list of the largest stock exchange-listed companies can also be used as a basis for trading bots.
This information will be included in the list
- General contact details (address, e-mail address, telephone number, URL)
- Names of the management
- Turnover of the years 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 (based on the respective annual or consolidated financial statements via the Bundesanzeiger)
- Number of employees (based on the latest annual or consolidated financial statements via the Federal Gazette)
- Segmentation by industry and field of activity
Note: If the sales and employee figures are not included in a company’s own annual financial statements but in their parent company’s consolidated financial statements, the data from the parent company will be provided.
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