Mr. Knop awas born in Dortmund in 1969. An internship in the editorial office of the “Westfälische Rundschau” led to freelance work in local editorial offices of this newspaper even before graduating from high school. He studied business administration at the University of Münster. This was followed in 1993 by a traineeship at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His journalistic training was followed by his first editorial position in 1995: He was quickly transferred to Düsseldorf as a correspondent for the “Börsen-Zeitung”. The change of location made it possible to return to the Düsseldorf office of the F.A.Z. in 1996, which had already been the outstation of the traineeship. After the time in Düsseldorf, business correspondent first in New York and then in San Francisco. Since 2003 back in Frankfurt, for many years head of corporate reporting, later also responsible for business news. From the beginning of 2018 until March 2020 editor-in-chief for digital products. Since April 2020 editor.