Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Born Charlene Heineken
(1954-06-30) 30 June 1954 (age 62)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Residence London, England
Education Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar
Alma mater University of Leiden
Net worth US$12.7 billion (March 2017)[1]
Spouse(s) Michel de Carvalho
Children 5
Parent(s) Freddy Heineken
Lucille Cummins

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (born 30 June 1954) is a Dutch-English businesswoman and the owner of a 25% controlling interest in the world's second-largest brewer, Heineken International. She is one of the richest women in the UK, with a net worth of $12.7 billion as of March 2017, according to Forbes.

Early life[edit]

Charlene Heineken was born on 30 June 1954, the daughter of Freddy Heineken, the Dutch industrialist, and Lucille Cummins, an American from a Kentucky family of bourbon whiskey distillers. She was educated at Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar, followed by a law degree from the University of Leiden.[1]


She owns a 25% controlling stake in Dutch brewer Heineken, where she is also an executive director.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to 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, whom she met on a ski holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[3] He is a member of the supervisory board of Heineken NV. They reside in London with their five children.[1]

Upon the death of her father in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, 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 £7billion.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken". Forbes. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Age Gate". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  3. ^ Sellers, Patricia (December 3, 2014). "Heineken's Charlene de Carvalho: A self-made heiress". Fortune Magazine (2014-12-22). Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-12-30. While women in the Netherlands generally attach their maiden name to their married name, Charlene, as a London resident, had dropped “Heineken” from her surname. 
  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, 2010-04-24
  6. ^ "Sunday Times". Retrieved 2014-02-26.