Hans Riegel (Hans Riegel)

Hans Riegel

Johannes Peter “Hans” Riegel (10 March 1923 – 15 October 2013) was a German entrepreneur who owned and operated the confectioner Haribo since 1946.  Born in Bonn, he was the oldest son of the company’s founder Hans Riegel, Sr., who invented the gummy bear in 1922. After his graduation from the Jesuit boarding school Aloisiuskolleg, he did his doctorate in 1951 at Bonn University with his thesis “The development of the world sugar industry during and after the Second World War”.

In 1953, he was elected first president of the German badminton association (Deutscher Badminton-Verband) after he had won the German championship in the men’s doubles. In 1954 and 1955 he won the mixed doubles title. In the same year, he organized the construction of the first indoor badminton court in Germany, called the Haribo-Centre, in Bonn.  Riegel owned the Jakobsburg Hotel and Golf resort near Boppard in the Rhine Valley in Germany.


  • March, 10, 1923
  • Bonn, Germany


  • October, 15, 2013
  • Bonn, Germany

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