How juice drink billionaire bankrolled Germany’s Rugby World Cup charge

Hans-Peter Wild got his money from Capri Sun and spent €20m to get the country to within three games of the tournament but uncertainty now surrounds the team’s future

Hans-Peter Wild is a billionaire, with a billionaire’s idea of what “a little bit of money” means. That is how much his local rugby club, Heidelberger RK, asked him for in 2003. “They didn’t want very much,” he says, “maybe €20,000.” Fifteen years later, €20,000 has turned into €20m.

Wild, whose family made their money manufacturing Capri Sun, decided to spend a chunk of it trying to professionalise German rugby. “I got sucked in,” he says, “because I believe if you are going to do something, you do it right.”

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