Dirk Rossman: Joins Ranks of Billionaires, Drugstore Mogul

Posted: Jan. 23rd, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

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Dirk Rossman, the founder of the first self-service drugstore in Germany has been certified as a billionaire, according to a report from Forbes

In the comments section of the article, it was suggested that Forbes needs to come up with a list of trillionaires, as new billioniares joining the Forbes list are becoming commonplace.Well, there are two reports today by Forbes.

Isabel Dos Santos, the daughter of Angola's president, has become Africa's first woman billionaire. So, maybe the commentor has a point. (Not really.) 

Mr. Rossman’s drugstores had reported sales of $7.9 billion in 2012. His 60-percent ownership of the private-drugstore chain makes him worth more than $1 billion, according to research by Forbes.

Rossmann GmbH is the second largest pharmacy chain in Germany, behind a company called dm. It also has stores in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Albania, and Turkey. Sales in the non-German stores grew 12% in 2011 to $1.76 billion (1.32 billion Euros).  Revenues for the group as a whole rose 16% in 2012.