Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH is a German family equity company which has been headquartered in Duisburg-Ruhrort since it was founded in 1756. The 100 per cent family-owned Holding Company manages its diversified portfolio from there and pursues a long-term investment strategy as a value developer. Haniel's portfolio currently consists of four divisions which are responsible for their own operating business and which hold market-leading positions in their fields of expertise: CWS-boco and ELG (wholly owned investments), TAKKT (majority investment) and METRO GROUP (minority investment).
In 2013 the Haniel Group generated sales of 3.6 billion euros with more 11,500 employees. Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH in Duisburg, the Holding Company, has about 200 employees and manages the portfolio. However, there is a strict division between ownership and management: since the start of the 20th century, the shareholders (which today stands at over 650) assigned management of the company to external management.