klaus jacobsKlaus Jacobs
(Jacobs University)

Klaus Jacobs, a German-born entrepreneur and billionaire who founded and built Newsells Park Stud into a successful breeding and racing in England and beyond, has passed away in Zurich following a lengthy illness. Reportedly suffering from cancer, he was 71 years old. A Swiss citizen and a resident of Britain, Jacobs is survived by his second wife Renata and six children.

The eldest son of a German coffee merchant, Klaus Jacobs was born in the northern German city of Bremen December 3, 1936, and went to and graduated from a business school in Hamburg. He founded his first coffee export company of his own in 1958, and became a member of the senior management board of Johann Jacobs & Co.

Klaus Jacobs made the decision in 1982 to merge with Swiss chocolate purveyor Interfood, landing the popular Toblerone brand and creating Europe’s largest and most important coffee and chocolate manufacturer, renaming the company Jacobs Suchard. He later sold the conglomerate to Phillip Morris for 3.1 billion Swiss francs (about $2.6 billion). In 1996, Klaus Jacobs created Adecco SA, which has become the world’s biggest temporary employment company, left the company in 2002, but returned two years later amid an accounting scandal, which cost the company 35 percent of its market value in a single day. He remained with the company until last year. In 1988, Klaus Jacobs launched a foundation to promote youth causes. In 2001, he donated a large portion of his fortune to the organization.

Klaus Jacobs bought Newsells Park Stud located on 1200 acres between Newmarket and London in July 2000 and immediately set out to build a broodmare band of the highest quality, acquiring horse which have achieved Timeform or equivalent ratings of 90 or better at the races. Under the guidance and counsel of bloodstock advisor and Newsells General Manager Robert Acton, Klaus Jacobs was a major presence at Central Kentucky breeding stock sales between 2000 and 2002.

Newsells signed tickets on at least 69 mares over that three-year stretch at Keeneland, accounting for over $38 million in gross receipts. Among Klaus Jacobs’ more prominent purchases were G1 Prix Vermeille winner Volvoreta (GB) for $2.4 million; G1 Beverly D. Stakes victress Snow Polina for $2.1 million; Teggiano (Ire), who took the G1 Fillies Mile in 1999, for $2.1 million; and the accomplished globetrotting mare Ela Athena (GB) for $2 million.

first significant yearling crop hit the track in 2006 with great success. Soapy Danger (GB) (Danzig-On a Soapbox) won the G3 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and later won the G2 Princess of Wales’ Stakes at Newmarket in the colors of Renata Jacobs. Best Name (GB) (King’s Best-Flawly {GB}), bred by Newsells, won a Listed stakes in France before finishing runner-up in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club and an unlucky fourth to Rail Link (GB) in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The stud is consigning 24 yearlings to the upcoming Tattersalls sales in Newmarket. Newsells was also active in the stallion business, including 2003 G1 Derby Italiano hero Osorio (Ger), who stood his first year at stud at Newsells in 2008. The stud has also has shares in G1 Epsom Derby winner Motivator (GB), Dr Fong and Green Tune.