The Netherlands is a comparatively modest, super-rich country. Our neighbor has eleven dollar billionaires in the current “Forbes” ranking. According to the magazine, their total assets are $ 28.7 billion. Statistically speaking, this makes 2.6 billion. The Netherlands is well behind Germany, where each super-rich has an average of $ 4.2 billion.
Basically, however, the gap is even greater. The front runner in our neighboring country distorts the statistics and alone accounts for almost half of the wealth of all billionaires. By the way: “Forbes” does not include members of royalty in its list of the rich.
These are the richest Dutch people
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# 10 Wim van der Leegte
According to Forbes, Wim van der Leegte (center) is the tenth richest person in the Netherlands. Even at retirement age, the 73-year-old holds the majority of the industrial group VDL Groep, which is best known for its buses. His father founded the company in 1953. In 2016, van der Leegte’s son Willem followed him as CEO. “Forbes” estimated the entrepreneur’s net worth as of April 7, 2020 at $ 1.1 billion, $ 200 million less than the previous year. The Dutchman, who lives in Eindhoven, was thus ranked 1851 worldwide.
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# 9 Joop van den Ende
Joop van den Ende made a fortune with entertainment. In 1994 he founded the reality TV company Endemol with John de Mol. In 1998 he founded Stage Entertainment. In 2001 the company brought the successful musical “The Lion King” from Broadway to Hamburg, where it is still running today. “Forbes” estimated the fortune of the 78-year-old at 1.1 billion dollars. Van den had reached its peak at the end of 2014 with 1.7 billion dollars.
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# 8 Jitse Groen
Jitse Groen is by far the youngest of the Dutch billionaires. The 42-year-old made his debut in the spring of 2020 with $ 1.2 billion on the “Forbes” rich list. Groen is the CEO of the food delivery service Takeaway.com. The company is active in ten European countries and in Israel, in Germany under the name Lieferando.
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# 7 Lesley Bamberger
The Dutch super-rich are close together. With 1.3 billion dollars (2019: 1.4 billion dollars), Lesley Bamberger (left) took seventh place in his home country in the 2020 ranking. The 55-year-old had inherited the real estate company Kroonenberg Groep from his grandfather Jacob Kroonenberg in 1996.
# 6 Arnout Schuijff
Arnout Schuijff was worth around 1.4 billion dollars in 2020 and 2019. That meant 15th place worldwide. The 52-year-old is co-founder and CTO of the payment service provider Adyen. Unlike the German bankrupt Wirecard, Adyen is flourishing. With the company’s IPO in June 2018, Schuijff became a dollar billionaire. He has now announced that he will be leaving the company at the turn of the year. Adyen co-founder Pieter van der Does (50) is the eleventh and last billionaire in the country. With exactly $ 1.0 billion it was ranked in 1990 in the global ranking.
# 5 Kommer ladies
Self-made billionaires predominate in the Netherlands. One of the super-rich heirs is Kommer Damen (76, left) in fifth place (1.5 billion dollars, minus 200 million dollars). His father and uncle founded the Damen Shipyards in 1927. According to Forbes, the Damen Group is now one of the largest family-owned shipyards in Europe.
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# 4 John de Mol
John de Mol has also been known to German television viewers for decades, and not just as the brother of the presenter Linda de Mol. Reality TV formats such as “Big Brother” are thanks to the 65-year-old. In 2000 the TV magnate sold Endemol, which he founded with Joop van den Ende, to Telefonica for $ 5.3 billion. In 2015 he parted according to information for almost half a billion dollars from his company Talpa Media (“The Voice”). It came in fourth with $ 1.7 billion (2019: $ 1.8 billion).
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# 3 Hans Melchers
Hans Melchers is one of the losers among the Dutch billionaires. According to Forbes, his fortune has shrunk from $ 2.5 billion to $ 2.0 billion within a year. The 82-year-old reportedly owns a large stake in the Monaco-based investment company HAL Trust.
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# 2 Frits Goldschmeding
Frits Goldschmeding (left) has also lost around a quarter of his fortune. It fell from $ 4.2 billion to $ 3.6 billion. The 87-year-old founded the predecessor of the temporary employment agency Randstadt in 1960 and, according to Forbes, holds 32 percent of the company.
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# 1 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken & family
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is in a completely different league among the super-rich in the Netherlands. Only two super-rich made it into the Top 1000 of “Forbes”. De Carvalho-Heineken, on the other hand, managed to crack the Top 100 in 2020. With 12.8 billion dollars (2019: 14.2 billion dollars), the beer heiress is also one of the twelve richest women in the world. According to Forbes, the 66-year-old owns 23 percent of Heineken, the second largest brewery group in the world after Anheuser-Busch InBev. Her great-grandfather Gerard Adriaan Heineken founded the company in Amsterdam in 1864.