|Birth Place||Essen, Germany, Germany|
After finishing high school in 1982, Heinrich Otto studied Business administration, historical sciences, philosophy and theology at the University of Cologne from 1984. As of 1989 to 1999 he started as a Managing Director in the family company and became Chairman of the Board when he took over in 1999 from his Father, who died in October 2014. The company is now Europe's leading shoe retailer. It operates some 3,600 stores in 24 countries, including the Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway chains in the U.S..