The combined fortunes of the 500 wealthiest Dutch people on the Quote 500 rich list have gone up by some €6bn on last year to €186bn, according to the latest issue of the magazine.
‘The economy may have shrunk enormously this year, but the richest Dutch folk have been able to dodge the impact of coronavirus,’ the list’s compilers say.
The increase in assets is, however, the smallest since the start of the 2008 credit crisis and some big names on the list have lost out, such as number one on the list, beer heir Charlene de Carvahlho-Heineken. Her assets are now estimated at €12.1bn, down 15% on last year.
Second placed Frits Goldschmeding, founder of the Randstad staffing agency empire has also been hit by coronavirus, with his worth taking a 7% dip to €4.1bn.
Nevertheless, Quote estimates the Netherlands now has 38 billionaires, five more than in 2019, including three of the founders of payment services company Adyen.
The lower limit for admittance to the list has also gone up from €88m to €95m.
The Brenninkmeijer family, founders of C&A, remain the richest family in the country, Quote’s researchers say.
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