Anton Schlecker

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Anton Schlecker (* 28. October 1944 in Ehingen (Donau) ) is a German entrepreneur and founder of Schlecker - drugstores .


At the age of 21, Anton Schlecker was the youngest master butcher in Baden-Württemberg at the time, working in his parents' business, which consisted of 17 butchers and a meat factory.

Headquarters of the Schlecker company in Ehingen (2007)

In 1975 he opened his first drugstore in Kirchheim unter Teck . Two years later there were more than 100 branches. In 2008 there were more than 15,000 branches of the Schlecker drugstore chain with around 50,000 employees and an annual turnover of 7 billion euros. Anton Schlecker was a member of Lidl's supervisory board . On 28 February 2006 he had to be mandated to resign because the Lidl range extended to drugstore products and Schlecker became a competitor. Anton Schlecker was one of the largest investors in Lidl's expansion. He subscribed to participation certificates worth over 75 million euros.

On January 23, 2012 Anton Schlecker filed an application to open insolvency proceedings over the drugstore chain and the entire property. With a resolution dated March 28, 2012, the insolvency proceedings were opened. In the course of this, the insolvency administrator Arndt Geiwitz sold the foreign subsidiaries to other companies, the German Schlecker branches were gradually closed until the end of June 2012, the XL branches followed a short time later. The Vitalsana mail order pharmacy was taken over as part of a management buyout .


According to Manager Magazin , the Anton Schleckers family had total assets of around 1.95 billion euros in 2011, making it 56th among the 500 richest Germans this year .

After the bankruptcy in January 2012, Schlecker's daughter Meike stated that his and the family's assets had been consumed and no significant assets were left. According to Manager Magazin , the family still had around 70,000 euros a month (from the assets of the children and the wife).

Legal proceedings

In 1998, the condemned Stuttgart District Court , the couple Schlecker by punishment to imprisonment of ten months on probation and fined in the amount of one million euros because they fake a tariff payment Schlecker-workers. In fact, the wages were lower, which the court judged to be a fraud .

On July 18, 2012, the Stuttgart public prosecutor announced that an investigation had been initiated against Schlecker and 13 other suspects on suspicion of breach of trust , delay in bankruptcy and bankruptcy . By August 12, the search warrant came into the hands of the news magazine Der Spiegel . As a registered businessman, Anton Schlecker could not be prosecuted for delaying bankruptcy.

On April 13, 2016, the Stuttgart public prosecutor brought charges against Schlecker again for deliberate bankruptcy in 36 cases. His wife Christa and the two children Meike and Lars had to answer for aiding and abetting. The children were also accused of bankruptcy and infidelity. Before the announcement of the bankruptcy in 2012, the entrepreneurs are said to have put aside millions. The criminal process before the Stuttgart Regional Court began on March 6, 2017. In addition to the four family members, two employees of the auditing company Ernst & Young were also accused . According to the public prosecutor's office, Anton Schlecker is said to have known of the impending insolvency and nevertheless in 36 cases stashed assets in the millions, thereby removing them from the creditors' access. 13 cases are even particularly severe cases of bankruptcy because Schlecker acted out of profit-seeking.

On November 27, 2017 Chamber of the District Court sentenced Stuttgart Anton Schlecker to two years imprisonment on probation and his children to prison terms without parole.

On December 12, 2017, civil proceedings against Anton Schlecker's wife and children began at the Linz Regional Court .


Anton Schlecker has been married to Christa Schlecker since 1971 and they have two children: Lars Schlecker (* 1971) and Meike Schlecker (* 1973). The family lives in Ehingen. Both Schleckers wife and the children were in the group management operates the business.

Abduction of the Schlecker children

On December 23, 1987, Lars and Meike Schlecker were kidnapped. On the following day Anton Schlecker paid a ransom of 9.6 million DM to the kidnappers. The children had already freed themselves when the money was handed over. The perpetrators were caught in 1998 and sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment for these and seven other offenses each of thirteen and a half years, and another man involved in some of the crimes.


For the Sat.1 production Die Schlikkerfrauen , the actor Sky du Mont played a character modeled on Anton Schlecker.

Individual evidence

  1. SCHLECKER drugstore - market leader in Europe ( Memento of July 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Last contest. In: Manager Magazin . January 25, 2008, p. 30.
  3. NEW RIVALS: Schlecker leaves Lidl's supervisory board , , December 20, 2005.
  4. For a handful of million euros , March 10, 2004.
  5. ^ AG Ulm business number: 1 IN 24/12
  6. XL sweet food markets will be closed soon.
  8. The 500 richest Germans. In: Manager Magazin -Special Issue, October 2011, p. 44.
  9. Tagesschau: Schlecker. ( Memento from February 2, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  10. ^ Manager magazine: Schlecker.
  11. Christian Keun, Karsten Langer: Schlecker family: Knüppeln, skimp, control . In: Manager Magazin . December 4, 2003 ( ).
  12. Schlecker insolvency: proceedings initiated against Anton Schlecker , accessed on July 18, 2012.
  13. Christa Schlecker is said to have received a monthly salary of 60,000 euros
  14. Der Tagesspiegel : Debt and Atonement at Schlecker , July 19, 2012, accessed on August 14, 2012
  15. FAZ: Public prosecutor's office brings charges against Schlecker
  16. ^ Spiegel Online, April 13, 2016: Indictment against Anton Schlecker: How the drugstore king moved assets
  17. Christoph Rottwilm: The Schlecker process - everything you need to know. Manager-Magazin, March 3, 2017, accessed March 5, 2017.
  18. Anne Guhlich : The drugstore king in court. Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 5, 2017.
  19. Trial against Schlecker: From drugstore king to accused
  20. ^ Because of bankruptcy suspended sentence for Anton Schlecker - prison for his children . In: Berliner Zeitung , November 27, 2017.
  21. Criminal proceedings end, civil proceedings worth millions begin, accessed on November 28, 2017
  22. ^ The Schlecker family in the dock: Christa Schlecker . In: Südkurier , March 13, 2017, accessed on November 27, 2017.
  23. Fabian Gartmann , Sönke Iwersen : The megalomaniac king of Ehingen: The woman at his side . In: Handelsblatt , June 2, 2012, accessed on November 27, 2017.
  24. Ehinger stories . In: Manager Magazin , Issue 2/2008, January 25, 2008, p. 39. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  25. Roland May : The Schlecker kidnappers. In: Helfried Spitra (ed.): The great criminal cases. Volume 2: The St. Pauli Killer, the Escape King and nine other famous crimes (= Piper 4477). Piper, Munich et al. 2005, ISBN 3-492-24477-7 , pp. 164-179, here p. 164.
  26. Long prison terms in the Schlecker trial . In: Die Welt , March 23, 1999. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  27. APOTHEKE ADHOC: Sky du Mont plays Anton Schlecker.