Flossbach von Storch AG was established in 1998 by Bert Flossbach and Kurt von Storch. The business was launched on 1 March 1999. The company originally specialised in the management of private assets. Its clients include many wealthy private individuals, fund investors and institutional investors. However, most of the funds entrusted to us are now managed within the Flossbach von Storch mutual funds portfolio.
Flossbach von Storch is one of the leading independent asset managers in Germany – and continues to be owner-operated by its founders and senior executives. More than 300 colleagues look after assets of more than EUR 70 billion.
We are personified by our multi-asset approach, which is part of our corporate DNA. We receive and grow assets by spreading them across different asset classes. It makes no difference whether an investor entrusts us with millions of euros or deposits EUR 50 a month into a fund savings plan. We feel the same responsibility to both.
We see ourselves as partners working with people who want to take charge of their own destiny – and take care of their private finances. They recognise that wealth accumulation and management help investors to more successfully achieve their personal goals. We are committed to our investors' goals, regardless of the amount of capital entrusted to us.
Our investment philosophy follows five major guidelines: diversification, flexibility, quality, solvency and value. These five principles, represented clearly in our Flossbach von Storch pentagram, form the basis for all of our funds and mandates. Our world view, to be independent and free from third party influence, forms the basis of our investment strategy; a strategy that is active, business-like and takes account of different asset classes. The opportunities offered by an investment must always be significantly greater than the risks.
Dr Bert Flossbach has been a Board Member and Senior Portfolio Manager at Flossbach von Storch AG since 1998.
He was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and Co. oHG Frankfurt from 1991 – 1998, where he managed German and international assets.
He was responsible for private and institutional investors at Matuschka Gruppe Munich from1988 – 1991.
His doctoral thesis on private wealth portfolio management concepts was completed at the University of Innsbruck (1990–1992).
He holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Cologne (1982–1987).
Kurt von Storch co-founded Flossbach von Storch in 1998 and has been a Board Member ever since. He is responsible for private wealth management.
Mr von Storch was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs & Co. in Frankfurt from 1992 to 1998.
Prior to this, he worked as a Fund Manager for European equities at Julius Baer in Frankfurt between 1991 and 1992. He started his career at Julius Baer in 1987 as a Securities Trader and Portfolio Manager in New York.
Kurt von Storch graduated from the University of Cologne with a degree in Business Management.
Dirk von Velsen has been a Board Member at Flossbach von Storch since 2008.
Mr von Velsen worked at UBS Deutschland AG in Frankfurt from 2001 to 2007, most recently as Head of the Business Division UBS Sauerborn.
Between 1994 and 2001, he worked in London, Dublin and Zurich as a Director of Global Asset Management Limited (GAM).
After training as a bank clerk at Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. in Cologne, he completed a degree in Business Management at the University of Passau.