10 Richest People In Europe

Because Europe is far away across the Atlantic, most Americans don’t understand the massive sums of wealth Europe’s rich hold.  With the society we live in, it’s only natural to seek a little more of what seems to make the world go round, However, for some European wealthy the millions are already rolling in – sometimes even billions! Here, we look at our list of the 10 richest people in Europe!

1. Amancio Ortega
The richest on our list, Amancia Ortega is worth a whopping $76.4 billion! At 81 years old, Ortega is a Spanish business magnate, who can thank his founding of the Inditex fashion group for a significant chunk of his fortune. Most of us will have heard of clothing seller Zara, some of you might even shop there, but whatever the case, we can all thank Mr. Ortega for introducing this brand to European and American shops.  Oh, and did we mention that he just happens to be one the richest people in Europe.

2. Bernard Arnault
At the age of 68, Bernard Arnault is worth $64.3 billion, and it’s not hard to understand just why when you know what this man does! As chief executive of luxury goods firm LVMH, he just so happens to run the company that umbrellas brands like Louis Vuitton and Moët & Chandon. He also happens to be the richest man in France.

3. Sergey Brin
Number three in our list of the 10 richest people in Europe is Google founder Sergey Brin. Brin is the youngest on this list at only 44, and you may know him better as the co-founder of search engine giant Google. Worth an incredible $46.5 billion, he is the president of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, all while sitting pretty as the 12th richest person in the world!

4. Liliane Bettencourt (now deceased)
At the age of 94, Lilianne Bettencourt would have been the oldest on the list and worth an amazing $39.5 billion when last estimated by Forbes. Bettencourt was known as the ‘great dame’ of L’Oreal, and between her and her children, they owned 33% of the company. Unfortunately, Bettencourt suffered from dementia and died in September earlier this year, and so her children are now in control of her business affairs – and her daughter, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, has taken over her title as the wealthiest woman in the world.

5. Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten
Okay, so we know that this is cheating just a little, but Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten, aged 51 and 55 respectively, are heirs to the BMW fortune. Their father, Herbert Quandt, was the industrialist who took BMW from a small car company, so the automobile giant they are today. Together, they are worth $20.2 and $23.9 billion!

6. Karl Albrecht Jr, Beate Heister and Family
This is another cheat in a sense, but Karl Albrecht Jr and Beate Heister are heirs to the fortune of supermarket chain Aldi – or rather their father’s fortune. Their father, Karl Albrecht Sr, passed away in 2014, giving his children access to the fortune that the no-frills supermarket has built! Forbes puts Karl Albrecht Jr and his families’ wealth at $31.1 billion.

7. Ingvar Kamprad and Family
We’ve all heard of global furniture company IKEA, and it’s likely that we’ve all probably assumed that the founder was quite a rich man – and we’d be right. Swedish-born Ingvar Kamprad founded the company, and has since built a worth of around $3.5 billion!

8. The Henkel Family
The Henkel family founded, you guessed it, Henkel, who manufacture all kinds of products including the likes of Persil washing powder and Loctite super glue. This company is based in Dusseldorf in Germany, and the Henkel family have worked up a worth of over $5.6 billion, reflecting their 80% ownership of Henkel KGaA.

9. Jean-Louis Dumas & Family
Fans of luxury brand Hermès will appreciate this. In 2006, Jean-Louis stepped down from the chief executive post in January after 28 years – ended five generations of family leadership, dating back to 1837 Forbes puts the wealth of Jean-Louis and his family at $2.5 billion. He is reputed to have mandated that Hermès should never make anything ugly because someone could buy it.

10. Stefan Persson & Lottie Tham
Worth an amazing $21.3 billion, these siblings own quite a significant chunk of the H&M fortune! This fashion chain was founded by their father, but currently Persson is the chairman and CEO, with Tham owning a 5% share of the brand. Not bad for a 69 and 67 year old! In addition to their stake in the H&M fortune, the H&M heirs own real estate, including hotels, commercial buildings and land.

So, if want to go rub shoulders with Europe’s wealthy, don’t forget to grab your EHIC card from ukehic and jet off on a well-deserved break from earning that little extra.

For more on wealth of famous people, read our articles on:

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Data Source: Forbes wealth estimates.

Image: Interior of a European castle

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10 Richest People In Europe

Because Europe is far away across the Atlantic, most Americans don’t understand the massive sums of wealth Europe’s rich hold.  With the society we live in, it’s only natural to seek a little more of what seems to make the world go round, However, for some European wealthy the millions are already rolling in – sometimes even billions! Here, we look at our list of the 10 richest people in Europe!

1. Amancio Ortega
The richest on our list, Amancia Ortega is worth a whopping $76.4 billion! At 81 years old, Ortega is a Spanish business magnate, who can thank his founding of the Inditex fashion group for a significant chunk of his fortune. Most of us will have heard of clothing seller Zara, some of you might even shop there, but whatever the case, we can all thank Mr. Ortega for introducing this brand to European and American shops.  Oh, and did we mention that he just happens to be one the richest people in Europe.

2. Bernard Arnault
At the age of 68, Bernard Arnault is worth $64.3 billion, and it’s not hard to understand just why when you know what this man does! As chief executive of luxury goods firm LVMH, he just so happens to run the company that umbrellas brands like Louis Vuitton and Moët & Chandon. He also happens to be the richest man in France.

3. Sergey Brin
Number three in our list of the 10 richest people in Europe is Google founder Sergey Brin. Brin is the youngest on this list at only 44, and you may know him better as the co-founder of search engine giant Google. Worth an incredible $46.5 billion, he is the president of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, all while sitting pretty as the 12th richest person in the world!

4. Liliane Bettencourt (now deceased)
At the age of 94, Lilianne Bettencourt would have been the oldest on the list and worth an amazing $39.5 billion when last estimated by Forbes. Bettencourt was known as the ‘great dame’ of L’Oreal, and between her and her children, they owned 33% of the company. Unfortunately, Bettencourt suffered from dementia and died in September earlier this year, and so her children are now in control of her business affairs – and her daughter, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, has taken over her title as the wealthiest woman in the world.

5. Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten
Okay, so we know that this is cheating just a little, but Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten, aged 51 and 55 respectively, are heirs to the BMW fortune. Their father, Herbert Quandt, was the industrialist who took BMW from a small car company, so the automobile giant they are today. Together, they are worth $20.2 and $23.9 billion!

6. Karl Albrecht Jr, Beate Heister and Family
This is another cheat in a sense, but Karl Albrecht Jr and Beate Heister are heirs to the fortune of supermarket chain Aldi – or rather their father’s fortune. Their father, Karl Albrecht Sr, passed away in 2014, giving his children access to the fortune that the no-frills supermarket has built! Forbes puts Karl Albrecht Jr and his families’ wealth at $31.1 billion.

7. Ingvar Kamprad and Family
We’ve all heard of global furniture company IKEA, and it’s likely that we’ve all probably assumed that the founder was quite a rich man – and we’d be right. Swedish-born Ingvar Kamprad founded the company, and has since built a worth of around $3.5 billion!

8. The Henkel Family
The Henkel family founded, you guessed it, Henkel, who manufacture all kinds of products including the likes of Persil washing powder and Loctite super glue. This company is based in Dusseldorf in Germany, and the Henkel family have worked up a worth of over $5.6 billion, reflecting their 80% ownership of Henkel KGaA.

9. Jean-Louis Dumas & Family
Fans of luxury brand Hermès will appreciate this. In 2006, Jean-Louis stepped down from the chief executive post in January after 28 years – ended five generations of family leadership, dating back to 1837 Forbes puts the wealth of Jean-Louis and his family at $2.5 billion. He is reputed to have mandated that Hermès should never make anything ugly because someone could buy it.

10. Stefan Persson & Lottie Tham
Worth an amazing $21.3 billion, these siblings own quite a significant chunk of the H&M fortune! This fashion chain was founded by their father, but currently Persson is the chairman and CEO, with Tham owning a 5% share of the brand. Not bad for a 69 and 67 year old! In addition to their stake in the H&M fortune, the H&M heirs own real estate, including hotels, commercial buildings and land.

So, if want to go rub shoulders with Europe’s wealthy, don’t forget to grab your EHIC card from ukehic and jet off on a well-deserved break from earning that little extra.

For more on wealth of famous people, read our articles on:

Make Up Artist’ Jacklyn Hill’s Networth
YouTube Star Liza Koshy’s Net Worth
Reality Television Star Tony Beets’ Net Worth

Data Source: Forbes wealth estimates.

Image: Interior of a European castle

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