Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (born 30 June 1954, Amsterdam) is the owner of a controlling interest in the world's third-largest brewer, Heineken International.[1] She is one of Britain's richest women,[2] with a net worth of $11 billion according to Forbes.[3]

She is the daughter of Freddy Heineken, the Dutch industrialist, and Lucille Cummins, an American from a Kentucky family of bourbon whiskey distillers.

Charlene Heineken studied law at the University of Leiden. She married Michel de Carvalho, a financier involved in NM Rothschild and Citi businesses, graduate of Harvard University, former film actor (as Michel Ray), and former Olympic luger she met on a ski holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. They reside in London, England, with their five children.

Upon the death of her father in 2002, she inherited a fortune worth approximately £3billion sterling, making her the wealthiest person with (shared) Dutch citizenship.[4][5] In 2013, the Sunday Times Rich List ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK placed her 10th with an estimated fortune of £7,000million.[6]

She is an executive director at Heineken Holdings NV,[7] and her husband is a member of the supervisory board at Heineken NV.

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  1. ^ Bertoni, Steven. "In Pictures: World's Richest Women - Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken -". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Britain's richest women". Virgin Media. 
  3. ^ "Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  4. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (2003-02-26). "Heineken heiress remains a mystery". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  5. ^ The Daily Telegraph - Sunday Times Rich List 2010: Britain's richest see wealth rise by one third, 24 April 2010
  6. ^ "Sunday Times". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  7. ^ "Age Gate". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 

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