The Netherlands is home to a record number of 37 billionaires, according to research published by the specialized magazine Quote.
This new record number is the result of the ranks of the “nine zeros club” swelling by six members among Belgium’s northern neighbours.
The Netherlands’ wealthiest billionaire is a woman: Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, the daughter of Freddy Heineken, who founded the brewing giant. Her wealth has increased by nigh on 11% in a year to €14.2 billion.
The founder of the temp agency group Randstad, Frits Goldschmeding, is in second place with a fortune estimated at €4.4 billion.
The 500 wealthiest Dutchmen have nearly €180 billion between them, an increase of 10% compared to last year.
The wealthiest Belgian family goes by the name of Brenninkmeijer and owns the C&A clothing chain. The royal family Oranje-Nassau is estimated by Quote to be worth a billion euro.
The Brussels Times