The annual publication of the Quote 500 – a list of the wealthiest Dutch individuals and families – is always beset by controversy and this year is no exception.
The highest newcomer in the listings, Antonio Perra, says he is going to sue ex-Quote editor Jort Kelder for slander. Kelder, says Perra, accused him of fraud during an interview on a tv programme.
And brothers Ewout and Boudewijn Henny, good for a 178th position in the rankings with a fortune valued at around €147m, are taking the magazine to court for publishing details about their conviction in a murder case in 1963.
The Brenninkmeijer family (owners of the clothing chain C&A) tops the latest list with a fortune of €18.5bn. The youngest millionaire in the new ranking 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.
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