Germany: The discreet lives of the super rich | DW Documentary

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The rich in Germany been never been as well-off as they are today and assets have never been so unevenly distributed. But who are they? How do they live? And what do they think of their country? A journey into the discreet world of the super-rich.

One percent of Germans own over a quarter of the country's assets, whilst half of the country’s citizens have no assets at all. But while the German media report on the growing poverty in the country on a daily basis, little is known about the super-rich. They keep a very low profile and can walk the streets unrecognized. "Manager Magazin” says there were around 200 billionaires living in Germany in 2018, and their numbers are increasing. The documentary "Top of the World" asks why rich Germans are so unwilling to talk about their wealth. Its author immerses himself in the discreet world of big money and meets financial advisors with 800 years of family tradition behind them and billionaires such as drugstore king Dirk Rossmann and mail-order company heir Michael Otto - as well as a self-made businessmen such as Rainer Schaller. They talk about their notions of money and justice, the origins of their wealth and their fear of social envy.


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I'm german. Born and raised. And the funny thing is that I grew up poor but in a wealthy neighborhood. People really don't show it. The only thing Germans like to be braggy about is their cars.

Author — Sister Stina


Money talks, Wealth whispers. True Wealth is silent and it’s the same with Power.

Author — Tanya


Here in Moscow Russia, middle class act like millionaires... 😬 millionaires act like billionnaires... the billionnaires don’t pay their taxes, they are the gov’t officials 🤪

Author — Mika Anderson


I’m working on my second million. I gave up on getting my first .

Author — Phil 502


Can you make a documentary "The discreet lives of the Super-Poor" ?

Author — Games TV


One of the most wealthy Germans, Dieter Schwarz (founder of big the supermarkets Lidl and Kaufland) lives in my city. He is retired now, and there are no existing photos of him in the last 20 years. The newspaper doesn't write about him, because he wants to live a decent life. His house is in an area where the "upper class" of our city lives - many beautiful old houses, some very decent, some more luxurious, many "normal" houses for one family and even some houses with more apartments for people of all incomes. He has build a new campus with a special college/university where the students are part time in a company (Lidl/Kaufland) and part time at the college. He does much for our city, without telling everyone. Very likeable 😊

Author — Davie Lawrence


I think people of old money in general are like this.

Author — MissNobody


As a german I am so confused by the voice-over. I am mixing up the german voice with the voice-over

Author — r0bin


I bet a conversation at that gathering at the beginning was like:
Guy 1: I have a black Audi
Guy 2: Me too
Guy 3: Me too

Author — Nicole Vincent


Even I lived in Germany for five years, it almost impossible to know who is rich or not !! Everyone is all well dressed, i can't tell for sure who is rich or not

Author — nimalan ganesan


Having lived in numerous European countries my whole life (I’m not rich lol) I can confirm to many wealthy Europeans it’s considered obscene and trashy to brag and constantly rave about how much money you have.

Author — Dorcas Winter


This is old money. New money shows themselves off on Instagram these days.

Author — Bazinga !!!


This could have easily been 5 minutes long... They repeated the same points and asked the same questions 100 times

Author — Collin Grant


As a person with 300€ on my bank account, I find this film very entertaining.

Author — Max Ant


6:19 remember that some the richest people aren't anywhere on google. the illusion of instagram!

Author — matt bardot


I’m Russian and I lived in Germany for some short time during my internship. I love German culture, German people, German mentality. Sometimes I feel I should have been born German :))) Und..! Ich liebe die Deutsche Sprache!:))

Author — SoundMir


I'd rather be sad, lonely and miserable in a Lamborghini and a big house than sad, lonely and miserable in an old VW and living in a shed.

Author — Pfirtzer


I am so poor that I even feel afraid just to enter those luxurious buildings

Author — Uciha Itachi


"It makes it looks like we just want move"
Yea, it's not so hard to do that when you have more and more and more and the gap between rich & poor is growing.

Author — Minecraftexploring


The Germans control Europe so they are rich with influence. Italians rich don´t exert this much power due to their preoccupation with foods and women. I tell my rich Italian friends to think like Germans and they tell me to stop speaking English.

Author — Justmyopinionlol