In his will, Fritz Henkel laid down that his sons Fritz Jr. and Hugo were to receive 40 percent each of the company’s capital stock. His daughter Emmy was to inherit 20 percent. The decision to leave company shares to a female descendent as well was regarded as unusual in the early 20th century.
The distribution of shares among the three family tribes “Fritz,” “Hugo” and “Emmy” in the ratio 40:40:20 has remained to this day. In internal votes of the Henkel family, each branch of the family has a voice. In accordance with the guiding principle “Business takes precedence over family,” the Henkel family continues to hold the majority of the ordinary shares to this day and thus remains committed to the company.