Hans Breukhoven

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Hans Breukhoven

Arie Johannes "Hans" Breukhoven (born 31 October 1946, Rotterdam) is the founder and president of the Free Record Shop. He is the son of Adry Hermans, father of five children and ex-husband of Connie Breukhoven (also known by her stage name Vanessa). Business magazine Quote estimated Breukhoven's fortune in the Quote 500 at € 93 million.


After Breukhoven had passed secondary school, he trained to become a steward. When he was finished, he worked two and a half years as a host on the Holland America Line. This job was the basis for his later Free Record Shop.

On 15 October 1971, he started the first Free Record Shop at Broersveld in Schiedam. In 2008, the chain consisted of 182 shops in the Netherlands and 66 in Belgium. He is also a major shareholder of SnowWorld NV.