The very richest in the Netherlands have made significant progress in the past year. The five hundred wealthiest Dutch people jointly own 219.6 billion euros this year, an increase of 18 percent compared to a year ago. This means that the very richest have never been so wealthy together, so reports the leaf Quote Monday in the annual millionaire ranking Quote 500. In addition, the Netherlands has 45 billionaires this year – the highest number ever.
Last year, 320 of the 500 super-rich saw their wealth grow, and 42 had to settle for a contraction. The sharply rising real estate and stock prices contributed to the increase in capital. This also ensured that the threshold for a listing in the millionaire glossy was higher than ever: the lower limit was 110 million euros, an increase of 15 million compared to last year.
As in previous editions, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is in first place this year. The Heineken heiress saw her assets grow by more than 11 percent to 13.5 billion euros. The number two in the list makes a much bigger leap: real estate developer Remon Vos, who made a fortune in Eastern Europe, saw his assets grow by 217 percent and is therefore good for 5.7 billion euros. The Brenninkmeijer family, known for clothing chain C&A, can once again call itself the richest family in the Netherlands with a wealth of 23 billion euros.
Quote calculates that seven billionaires have been added in the past year, increasing the number of Dutch people with a net worth of nine zeros to 45. According to the magazine, this is mainly due to the rise of young tech entrepreneurs such as Adriaan Mol (founder of payment processor Mollie) and Ali Niknam (founder of online bank Bunq). The latter saw his fortune more than tenfold, and is now worth 1.5 billion euros. The youngest tech billionaire is Robert Vis (37), who raised a fortune of 1.3 billion euros with MessageBird.
The capital growth of 18 percent for the very rich seems impressive, but could keep pace with that of the rest of the Netherlands. The average capital growth of Dutch households is largely determined by house prices and share prices – which broke records last year. For example, the Amsterdam AEX index rose by 35 percent in the period used by Quote (between August 2020 and 2021). The average house price – the most important factor in the wealth of Dutch households – increased by 17.8 percent in the same period.
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NRC in the morning of November 2, 2021
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