Birgit Rausing

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Birgit Rausing
Born Birgit Mayne
1919/1920 (age 94–95)[1]
Residence Vaud, Switzerland[1]
Citizenship Sweden[1]
Net worth Increase US$ 13.0 billion (est.)
(March 2010)[1]
Spouse(s) Gad Rausing (died 2000)
Children three: Kirsten (born 1952), Finn (born 1955), Jörn (born 1960)
Relatives Henry Mayne (father), Ruben Rausing (father-in-law)

Birgit Rausing (born 1924) is a Swedish art historian and philanthropist, and the widow of Gad Rausing (1922–2000).

She is the daughter of Swedish landscape painter Henry Mayne (1891–1975). In 1944 her father-in-law Ruben Rausing (1895–1983) founded Tetra Pak, which revolutionized the packaging of liquids such as juices and milk. The company was inherited by his sons Gad and Hans. In 1996, Gad bought his brother's half of the company. When Gad died in 2000, his wife Birgit and their three children inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval.[1]

Birgit Rausing and her family had an estimated net worth of US$13.0 billion in 2010. She is the third wealthiest person in Sweden, according to Forbes magazine.[1]

Gad and Birgit Rausing Library[edit]

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) library has been renamed as Gad & Birgit Rausing Library to acknowledge the donation provided by the Rausing family to construct the library building.[2] Mr. Dennis Jönsson, CEO Tetra Pak inaugurated Gad & Birgit Rausing Library on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Mr. Jönsson appreciated that the funds donated by the Rausing family were utilized for educational purposes. He also unveiled a plaque commemorating the Rausing family's donation for development of the library building.

Use By E-Mail Scammers in Advance Fee Fraud[edit]

In August 2014, an email circulated referencing this Wikipedia page as proof of the scammer's identity, claiming to have money for the recipient to manage for charities. Anyone seeing this email should delete it, or report the e-mail to their e-mail provider as spam. In early September 2014 these e-mails were still circulating. They appear to be some form of advance fee fraud.

A typical phrase from the fraudulent offer is: "I have funds for you to manage and disburse to various charities of your choice. If you are sure you can handle this, it will be of help to you and others."

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "The World's Billionaires (2010): #40 Birgit Rausing & family". Forbes. March 3, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Video on YouTube