Capital: € 60 million
Age: 64
Born: 25.09.1955
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Soccer player
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, also called “Kalle”, was a football player from 1974 to 1989. He was listed several times in the ranking of the world’s best players and won several titles with FC Bayern as World Cup winner or as European Cup winner of the national champions. “Kalle” also left his mark on the national team as two-time vice world champion and European champion. His passion for football can still be seen in his role as chairman of FC Bayern Munich.

Earlier life

Karl Heinz Rummenigge was born on September 25th, 1955 in Lippstadt in North Rhine-Westphalia. Rummenigge’s football-loving father, who worked for Borussia Lippstadt, transferred his passion to his son. Karl-Heinz and his brother Michael joined the youth department of Borussia Lippstadt and were promoted from then on.


In 1974, when Rummenigge was 18 years old, the young man switched to FC Bayern Munich and broke his apprenticeship as a banker for this dream. In the beginning he struggled to keep up with the big players of the time like Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier and Gerd Müller but he flourished under coach Udo Lattek. In 1976 he was an indispensable part of the FCB squad and played for the title in the European Cup. His greatest football development came from coaches Dettmar Cramer and Gyula Lorant. In 1980 he was top scorer with 26 goals and in the same year he was named Germany and Europe’s footballer of the year. In 1984 he joined Inter Milan in the hope of achieving similar successes in Serie A as in the Bundesliga before. However, the success was lacking due to some injuries within the three years that Rummenigge spent at Inter Milan. His further career path led him to Servette Geneva in Switzerland, where he ended his career two years later, at the age of 33. In the same year he became top scorer with 24 goals. Rummenigge scored 162 goals in 310 Bundesliga games.

In 1975, at the age of 19, he already played in the jersey of the German national team. In 1978 he played for the world title. 2 years later, he won the European Cup in the national team’s dress. Rummenigge personally directed the assist for the decisive victory goal to Horst Hrubesch, who chose the team with a score of 2: 1 to the European champions.

In 1981 “Kalle” was declared team captain of the national team. In 1986, after losing the World Cup game against Maradona and his team, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge ended his career in the national team.

From 1991 to 2002 Rummenigge was Vice President of FC Bayern Munich. The 64-year-old CEO of the German master has been since 2002.

Career highlights

1980: Germany’s soccer player of the year
1980, 1981: Europe’s footballer of the year
1980, 1981, 1984, 1989: top scorer
Vice World Champion: 1982 and 1986
European champion: 1980
World Cup winner: 1976
European champions of the national champions: 1975, 1976
German champion: 1980, 1981
DFB Cup winner: 1982, 1984
1979, 1980, 1982: Classification as a world class in the ranking of German football
1982: Bronze ball, silver shoe and all-star team of the 1982 World Cup

Famous quotes

I am paid to play very good football, to perform above average and to be very effective with the audience. I don’t find myself overpaid.

We do not buy shares from football clubs, although BVB would be a takeover candidate. The shares have dropped to half the value and they still have a nice stadium.

Uli is the father Theresa vom Tegernsee, Nelson Mandela der Säbener Straße and the mother of all managers.

Many cannot differentiate between a four-chain and a bicycle chain.

The Bundesliga must remain our bread and butter business. The Champions League is the jam.

Money scores goals, especially when the money comes from the time deposit account, and not, as was mistakenly claimed by the credit department. (via Arjen Robben, who cost FCB a transfer fee of EUR 24 million)

Amazing facts

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has a criminal record because he tried to introduce two valuable watches worth 100,000 at Munich customs in 2013. For this offense, he had to pay a fine of 249,000 euros.

His brother Michael Rummenigge and he played for three years in a Bayern jersey from 1981 to 1984.

In 1984, when Rummenigge left Bayern and moved to Inter Milan, Bayern got a transfer fee of around 10 to 11 million marks – at that time the second highest transfer fee in the history of football. Only Diego Maradona was worth even more at that time – 24 million marks.


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