Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Charlene Heineken

(1954-06-30) 30 June 1954 (age 65)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
ResidenceLondon, England
EducationRijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar
Alma materUniversity of Leiden
Net worthIncreaseUS$16.3 billion (October 2019[1])
Spouse(s)Michel de Carvalho
Parent(s)Freddy Heineken
Lucille Cummins

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (born 30 June 1954) is a Dutch-English billionaire businesswoman, and the owner of a 25% controlling interest in the world's second-largest brewer, Heineken International. She is the richest person in the Netherlands, with a net worth of $16.3 billion as of October 2019, according to the Forbes billionaires list.[2]

Early life[edit]

Charlene Heineken was born on 30 June 1954, the daughter of Freddy Heineken, a 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 Leiden University.[2]


She owns a 25% controlling stake in Dutch brewer Heineken, of which she is also an executive director.[3]

The biannual Heineken Prize for cognitive science is named after her. [4]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Michel de Carvalho, a financier and director of Citigroup, whom she met on a ski holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[5] He is a member of the supervisory board of Heineken NV. They reside in London with their five children.[2]

Upon the death of her father in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, making her the wealthiest person with Dutch citizenship.[6][7] In 2019, the Sunday Times Rich List ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK named her the wealthiest woman and the 7th overall, with an estimated fortune of £12 billion.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "The Rich List: At last, the self-made triumph over old money". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken". Forbes. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Age Gate". Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  4. ^ "C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Foundation for Cognitive Science". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  5. ^ Sellers, Patricia (December 3, 2014). "Heineken's Charlene de Carvalho: A self-made Jewish 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.
  6. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (2003-02-26). "Heineken heiress remains a mystery". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  7. ^ The Daily Telegraph - Sunday Times Rich List 2010: Britain's richest see wealth rise by one third, 2010-04-24