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Klaus J. Jacobs

Klaus Johann Jacobs (born December 3, 1936, Bremen, Germany- September 11, 2008, Küsnacht, Switzerland) was a German-born billionaire with a Swiss citizenship. [1]



He attended the University of Hamburg and later Stanford University. He started his career in the global coffee and chocolates industries. In 1962, he became Director of Purchasing and Marketing for the Jacobs AG coffee business. In 1972 he became General Manager of the company. The company merged with Interfood in 1982 to create Jacobs Suchard AG, Europe's number one chocolate and coffee business. When the consumer-oriented elements of Jacobs Suchard were sold to Philip Morris in 1990, Jacobs created with the non-consumer businesses of Jacobs Suchard a company which is now known as Barry Callebaut. Barry Callebaut is today the world's largest raw chocolate producer. Mr. Jacobs became also involved with the human resource services industry in 1991 with the acquisition of Adia Personnel Services where he led the company to a Global Fortune 500 Company following the merger with Ecco in 1996 to form Adecco. The Jacobs Foundation was established by Klaus J. Jacobs in December, 1988, in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2001, the founder surrendered his entire share of the Jacobs Holding AG to the Jacobs Foundation, with an effective value of CHF 1.5 billion (31.12.08 CHF 2.3 billion). The Jacobs Foundation's goal is to contribute to Productive Youth Development by bringing together basic research, application and intervention projects and through dialogue and network building. The Jacobs Foundation supports research and projects worldwide. Klaus J. Jacobs donated EUR 200 million to the Jacobs University Bremen in 2006. He died on September 11, 2008.


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  1. ^ "Private excellence initiative: Jacobs Foundation invests 200 million Euro in the education of young people at International University Bremen". Jacobs University Bremen. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-20. "The Swiss Jacobs Foundation, which is active worldwide in education and youth development, has invested 200 million Euro in IUB." 

2.Campus community mourns the passing of Klaus J. Jacobs Campus community mourns the passing of Klaus J. Jacobs



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