The highest newcomer in the annual wealth listings published by business magazine Quote, Antonio Perra, says he is going to sue ex-editor Jort Kelder for slander.
Speaking on the tv show Pauw & Witteman on Wednesday night, Perra said Kelder had accused him of fraud during an interview on another tv programme, De Wereld Draait Door.
Referring to Perra, Kelder is alleged to have said: ‘This is an unbelievable con-man…. He owes everyone money…. His invention [the re-sealable tin can] is amusing but it isn’t worth €280m.’
Meanwhile in Amsterdam, the publication of the new Quote 500 rankings were being celebrated in traditional champagne-and-oysters style.
The Brenninkmeijer family (owners of the clothing chain C&A) tops the latest list of richest 500 people in the Netherlands with a fortune of €18.5b. The family is followed by beer magnate Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (€5.6b).
The youngest millionaire in the new list is 30-year-old baseball player Andrew Jones with assets of €67m.
According to the Volkskrant, most of the wealthy on the Quote 500 list saw their assets go up 12.5% last year. As well as millionaires, the Netherlands has 23 billionaires, the paper says.
The Quote Top 10
1. Brenninkmeijer family, assets €18.5bn (retailer C&A)
2. Charlène de Carvalho-Heineken, assets € 5.6bn (brewer Heineken)
3. Van der Vorm family, assets €3.9bn, (investment fund HAL)
4. Heirs of Frits Fentener van Vlissingen, assets €2.9bn (industrial group SHV)
5. Frits Goldschmeding, assets €2.5bn (temp agency Randstad)
6. John Fentener van Vlissingen, assets €2,4bn (SHV, travel)
7. Heirs of Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, €2.3bn (SHV)
8. Ralph Sonnenberg, assets €2.2bn (Luxaflex)
9. De Rijcke family, assets €2bn (retailers Kruidvat, Groenwoudt)
10. Jaap and Albert Blokker, assets €1.8bn (retail group Blokker)
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