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The DDW ranking "German companies in foreign ownership" lists the companies that are majority owned by foreign owners. But which countries are particularly active in Germany? The country ranking holds surprises.

The interest of foreign investors in participating in the German market and the success of German companies does not only affect the large German corporations that are in the limelight - such as the DAX corporations, 85 percent of which are already owned abroad. It is precisely the innovative and successful medium-sized companies that are coveted targets for takeovers and investments. Also, hardly any significant market player can afford to work the German market without a resident company.

Foreign-owned companies: focus on German know-how

It is precisely these mostly medium-sized companies that DDW has identified, analyzed and compiled in its ranking of Germany's foreign-owned companies. The currently 7,877 most important foreign-owned companies represent around 1.3 trillion euros in annual sales and 3.7 million jobs.

The reason for taking over German companies is not only due to considerations of return. Above all, it is mostly strategic aspects that trigger the incentive to buy. German companies offer ideal access to the German market, with close, resilient customer relationships and mostly strong, trust-building brands. Often they also offer the buyers first-class technological know-how - one reason why almost ten percent of the German world market leaders are in foreign majority ownership (see ranking of world market leaders on DDW).

USA leads, China only 10th

The ranking of the origin of the owners according to the number of German companies provides an insight into the regions of the world that are particularly active in Germany. By far, US-owned companies are in first place and thus also correspond to the “other side” of bilateral activities: German companies also own more companies in the US than in any other country.

Chinese owners - often the subject of discussion in the past - can only be found in 270 companies and therefore less often than in those owned by French or Italian owners, for example.

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Order “German companies in foreign ownership” as a list
The complete overall ranking with the 7,877 foreign-owned companies is available here in the DDW reader service as a list in Excel format. In addition to address, turnover and employee details, it also contains a description of the field of activity of each company as well as information about the year of foundation, managing director and owner structure.

List of the 50 countries with the most German companies

Order “German companies in foreign ownership” as a list
The complete overall ranking with the 7,877 foreign-owned companies is available as a list in Excel format. In addition to address, turnover and employee details, it also contains information on the field of activity, year of foundation, managing director or owner structure. Order here