From the origins of monotheism to a multitude of companies

The meaning of the company name

In the 18th dynasty (New Kingdom) of Ancient Egypt, Pharoah Amenhotep IV, who later called himself Echnaton, made ATON, the visible sun and the body of the sun Re, a universal god with creative omnipotence.  In the course of the changes to the Egyptian pantheon under Echnaton and his wife and co-regent Nefertiti, pictures and names of the old gods were destroyed, particularly in the city of Thebes.  A new cult and a new capital city of Akhetaten were founded and old prayers replaced with new ones.  When Echnaton died after a reign of 17 years, his son and heir Tutenkhamun returned to Egypt’s former pantheon.

Echnaton was in effect the founder of one of the world’s first monotheistic religions and the cultural revolution he began can be seen as the origin for the three big monotheistic religions – even if they themselves dispute it.  This explanation of our company’s name makes it extremely memorable. 


Today, ATON can be found in many other company names.  This does not mean that the companies in question have anything to do with the ATON Group. 

In particular, the Group has no connection with ATON Capital, a Russian brokerage that to our knowledge has been a part of the Austria Creditanstalt bank since 2006. 

A short history of ATON GmbH

Until the end of 2005, the Helmig family was the majority owner of HELIOS Clinics.  Clinic companies are subject to certain tax peculiarities.  To be able to run parallel companies without these, ATON GmbH was founded in 2001.  After the sale of their stakes in HELIOS Clinics, ATON and its affiliates of the time remained in the possession of the family.  The proceeds from the sale of the stakes in HELIOS meant an expansion in ATON’s range of interests.  At the end of 2005, ATON GmbH and three affiliates had a total turnover of around €110m.  Where we stand today can be seen on the Facts page.