Not just another WWII vet passed away

German entrepreneur Hans Riegel passed away recently at the age of 90.  Riegel, who shared the same name with his father, served during World War II and was captured and held as a prisoner of war.  While their name may not be familiar to many people, his father started the company that would ensure the world would know them and where they came from.

In 1920, the elder Riegel started a company that he named Haribo, which stood for Hans Riegel Bonn.  The younger Riegel took to rebuilding the family business after WWII along with his brother Paul.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Thank you Hans Riegel for ensuring your father’s invention was enjoyed by millions and millions of people worldwide.  May you rest in peace.


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