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|Native name||Friedrich Krupp AG|
|Industry||Steel, Ammunition, Armaments|
|Key people||Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp, Friedrich Alfred Krupp, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach|
The Krupp family is a prominent German dynasty from Essen founded in the 1500’s, which has since become famous for their steel production and their manufacturing of ammunition and armaments. By the end of the nineteenth century Friedrich Krupp AG had grown to be one of the largest steel manufacturers in Europe and the world, nearly holding a monopoly over Germany’s armament production.
In 1587 a trader named Arndt Krupp joined the merchants' guild in Essen and quickly became one of the wealthiest men in the city by purchasing the property of families fleeing from the plague. Arndt died in 1624 leaving his family business to his son Anton. During this time the Krupp family made a name for themselves as gunsmiths during the Thirty Years' War.