About E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany
The general partner E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany (EM), holds 70.3% of the total capital of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany; shareholders hold the remainder, which is divided into shares.
EM makes the fundamental entrepreneurial decisions of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Group but it does not participate in the management of the company. The Merck family currently holds 99.9% of the capital of EM; the remaining interests are held by the members of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
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About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 51,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases, to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2017, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 15.3 billion in 66 countries.
The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company’s business sectors operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials. Since its founding in 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company.