Heidi Horten

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Heidi Horten
Heidi Jelinek

(1941-02-13) 13 February 1941 (age 78)
ResidenceVienna, Austria
Tessin, Switzerland
Lyford Cay, Bahamas
Net worthUS$3.4 billion (March 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Helmut Horten (deceased)

Heidi Horten (née Jelinek; born 13 February 1941) is an Austrian billionaire, and the widow of businessman Helmut Horten. In November 2015 Forbes estimated her net worth at US $2.6 billion.[1]

Horten inherited her wealth upon the death of her husband, the founder of the German department store business Horten AG.[1] Horten had met her husband when she was aged 19, he was 30 years older than she.[1] Horten is part of the board of Helmut Horten Stiftung, a charitable foundation that supports various healthcare related institutions, funds medical research, and helps individuals in need.[1]

Horten divides her time between Vienna, Austria, and Tessin, Switzerland, when in Europe, and Lyford Cay in the Bahamas.[1] Horten owns the Carinthia VII, a 315-foot yacht, and enjoys hunting and art collecting. Horten sold the 35.56 carat Wittelsbach Diamond that was formerly part of the crown jewels of Bavaria, for $24 million in 2008.[1]

In August 2019 it came out in the open, that Horten dispensed almost 1 Million Euro in 2018 and 2019 to the People's Party. [2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Heidi Horten". Forbes.
  2. ^ Süddeutsche Zeitung 08.22.2019 print edition (in german)