Ralf Baumeister is founder and Managing Director of Motus Mittelstandskapital. Here, he invests his own money and that of fellow investors into successful German ´Mittelstand´ companies, mainly to facilitate their succession (Unternehmensnachfolge). Before Motus, he was MD of a ´family equity´ holding, i. e. a portfolio of independent companies, owned by roughly a dozen entrepreneurial families. At the beginning of his investment career Ralf was investment manager of an industrial foundation, with EUR 100m directly invested in German SME’s. During the last 20 years Ralf also has taken on operational management responsibilities in several portfolio companies in various industries. Born in 1963 in Würzburg, he holds an MBA from the London Business School and has qualified as a Wirtschaftsingenieur (FH).