Weber Stephen is one of the most known brands of barbecues and accessories around the world today. It all started with the invention of the famous round kettle grill around 1950, based on naval buoys, by Mr. George Stephen. The barbecue quickly became a success and the company bought the Weber Brothers factory to further drive production. In 2004, Weber acquired the competitor Ducane, which was specialized in the production of propane and natural gas barbecues.
Next to barbecues and accessories, Weber Stephen has also developed other businesses. They opened several grill restaurants in the US, opened up own barbecue shops along with cooking schools known as Grill Academies. The company has known tremendous growth throughout its history and is now a brand distributed in 30 countries across the globe. The company was family owned until 2010, when BDT Capital Partners bought a majority share.