Alex Constantine - January 20, 2015
Also see: Quandt Family Archive
- Magda Goebbels' descendants own a 46.7 per cent stake in BMW
- Her son from a previous marriage, Harald Quandt, inherited a huge fortune
- German family are now the richest in Germany, overtaking Aldi's owners
- Harald was the only of Magda Goebbels' children to survive World War II
- She and Goebbels murdered her other six children before killing themselves
[caption id="attachment_83856" align="alignleft" width="139"] Günther Quandt (28 July 1881 – 30 December 1954) was a German industrialist and Nazi who founded an industrial empire that today includes BMW and Altana (chemicals).[/caption]
Descendants of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels' wife have become the richest family in Germany.
Magda Goebbels, who was one of the most influential women in the Nazi regime, married Hitler's close ally in 1931. The children of Harald Quandt, her son from a previous marriage, have just seen their family reach a combined net worth of about £24.5billion.
The Quandts, who hold a 46.7 per cent stake in German car manufacturers BMW, have now overtaken the founders of supermarket giants Lidl and Aldi, who had topped the nation's rich list for the last decade, according to Manager magazine.
Magda Goebbels married Günther Quandt in 1921, three years after is wife died, leaving him a widower with two sons, Hellmut and Herbert. The newlyweds had a son soon afterwards, naming him Harald.
Magda left Günther Quandt in 1929, marrying Goebbels two years later. Hitler was his best man.
Harald lived with his mother and the Nazi minister until he joined the German army in 1939. He was in a British Prisoner of War camp in Libya when his mother's farewell letter from Hitler's Berlin bunker arrived.