Eva Rausing

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Eva Louise Rausing
Born Eva Louise Kemeny
(1964-03-07)7 March 1964[1]
Hong Kong[2]
Died 7 May 2012(2012-05-07) (aged 48)
Cadogan Place, Belgravia, London
Nationality American
Occupation Philanthropist
Known for Shares in Tetra Pak
Spouse(s) Hans Kristian Rausing
(m. 16 October 1992 – 7 May 2012, her death)
Parents Tom Kemeny (father)[3]
Nancy Kemeny (mother)[4]

Eva Louise Rausing (7 March 1964 – c. 7 May 2012)[5][6] was a businesswoman and philanthropist,[7] and a member of the Rausing family, which owns the food packaging business Tetra Pak.[8] She was the wife of Hans Kristian Rausing, whom she met in a rehab clinic in her native U.S.,[9] and with whom she had four children.[10]

Biography[edit]

She was born Eva Louise Kemeny,[9] a daughter of Tom Kemeny, a PepsiCo executive.[11][12] In 2008, Rausing and her husband faced drugs charges after she was caught trying to smuggle drugs into the US embassy in London, and hard drugs were subsequently found at their home.[10] She was eventually cautioned by the police.[4]

Rausing was the UK patron of international drug abuse prevention charity Mentor and together with her husband, she also provided financial backing to Action on Addiction, a charity that helps young people with drink and drug problems.[13]

Death[edit]

On 10 July 2012, she was found dead at her home in Belgravia, London.[14] Her 49-year-old husband was arrested in connection with her death and on suspicion of drugs charges.[15] On 17 July, he was charged with delaying the burial of her body.[16] Hans Kristian Rausing pleaded guilty, and was sentenced on 1 August to ten months' imprisonment, suspended for two years; the Judge required him to attend a two-year drug rehabilitation programme. The court heard that her heart pacemaker indicated that Eva Rausing probably died on 7 May.[5] At the time of her death she was one of the wealthiest women in the United Kingdom.[4]

On 29 August 2012, the British journalist Ben Quinn revealed in The Guardian that in 2011 Eva Rausing had passed on information to Swedish prosecutors about the unsolved 1986 murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme. Scotland Yard had confirmed the day before that it had given information to Swedish authorities, who wanted to question the widower, Hans Kristian Rausing, as a possible witness about the information his wife claimed to have obtained. Gunnar Wall, a Swedish author who has written two books on the Palme killing, said that Rausing had contacted him in June 2011, claiming that she had learned that Palme had been killed by a Swedish businessman, who feared that Palme was a threat to his business. Wall had conducted an e-mail correspondence with Rausing, who told him that she had written to the businessman on three occasions about the allegations. In one e-mail to Wall she wrote: "Don't forget to investigate if I should suddenly die! Just joking, I hope." Wall told the Guardian: "When her e-mails stopped, I did not think too much about it, until I heard that she had died in circumstances that were unclear ... She also told me that she was going to inform the prosecutors in Sweden and it seemed like she had some arrangement to meet them." [17]

On 14 December 2012, a coroner said Rausing died as a result of her "dependent abuse" of drugs.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eva Rausing: Philanthropist and heiress who struggled against drug addiction". London: The Independent. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Eva Rausing death: police still waiting to question husband Hans Telegraph
  3. ^ "Eva Rausing: Life in profile". BBC. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Eva Rausing 'found dead' in Belgravia home". BBC. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Laville, Sandra (1 August 2012). "Hans Kristian Rausing kept wife's body because he felt 'unable to let her leave'". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ "Eva Louise Rausing". company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hans Kristian Rausing Arrested In Connection With Eva Rausing Death, TetraPak Heir Prime Suspect In Case". ibtimes.com. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Eva Rausing hittad död i London". Expressen. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Moss, Stephen (19 June 2008). "Troubled dynasty". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Moir, Jan (16 April 2008). "Eva Rausing, don't waste your life with drugs". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Drugs and the billionaire Tetra Pak couple who have got so much money they don't know what to do with it". Daily Mail (London). 11 April 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Collins, Laura (21 June 2008). "What REALLY made billionaire heir Hans Rausing flee?". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Eva Rausing: Life in profile". BBC. 12 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tetra Pak Heir's Wife Found Dead: Man Held". Sky News. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Tetra Pak heir held over death". ITV news. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Eva Rausing death: Husband charged with burial delay". BBC News. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Quinn, Ben (29 August 2012). "Eva Rausing 'had Information' on Murder of Swedish PM". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "CORONER: EVA RAUSING DIED AS RESULT OF DRUG ABUSE". AP. Retrieved 14 December 2012.