Frederik Meijer

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Not to be confused with Fred Meyer.
Frederik Meijer
Born Frederik Gerhard Hendrik Meijer
December 7, 1919
Greenville, Michigan, US
Died November 25, 2011
Nationality American
Occupation Chairman, Meijer
Net worth US$5 billion (2011)
Spouse(s) Lena Rader
Children Doug Meijer
Hank Meijer
Parent(s) Hendrik Meijer
Gezina Meijer

Frederik Gerhard Hendrik Meijer (December 7, 1919 – November 25, 2011) was an American businessman, the chairman of the Meijer hypermarket chain in Michigan, US.[1]

Early life[edit]

Frederik Meijer was born in Greenville, Michigan,[1] the son of Hendrik and Gezina Meijer, both Dutch immigrants, who had married in Greenville in 1912.[2] In 1934, at age 14, he worked with his father Hendrik Meijer to found Meijer Grocery in Greenville.[1]


In 1962, he launched Meijer Thrifty Acres with his father and pioneered one-stop shopping.[1] He inherited the company after the death of his father in 1964.[1] In 1990, he handed over the company to his sons, Doug and Hank, although he remained the Chairman of the Board until his death.[1]

As of September 2011, he was worth US$5 billion.[1] He was the 60th richest person in the United States at the time of his death.[1][3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1946, he married Lena Rader, the daughter of farmers, and who had been a cashier in on of his stores.[2] They had two sons, Doug and Hank.[4]

Fred Meijer died on November 25, 2011 at the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after suffering a stroke in his Grand Rapids home.[5]


Meijer helped establish the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.[6] An Honors College at Grand Valley State University is named for him.[7] A Chair in Dutch culture at Calvin College is also named for him.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Frederik G.H. Meijer". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Forbes 400 2016". 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  4. ^ Carmichael, Michael (2009-08-20). "Meijer at 75 – Lessons from a family that has learned to work together over three generations. – Corp! Magazine". Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  5. ^ Ed Riojas Illustration. "Fred Meijer, West Michigan billionaire grocery magnate, dies at 91". Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  6. ^ "About". Meijer Gardens. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Frederik Meijer Honors College - Grand Valley State University". 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]

External links[edit]

  • ten Harmsel, Larry; Bill Smith (2009). Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 0-8028-6460-0.