Everybody wants to know about the world’s billionaires right? Even just for curiosity. And besides the world’s billionaires do you know the ones in your country? Maybe they live in your own city! Well today we present you the top 5 Swiss Billionaires:
Ernesto Bertarelli inherited biotech giant Serono, maker of the billion-dollar multiple sclerosis drug Rebig, following his father’s death in 1998. Along with his sister Dona, he expanded the company to $2.4 billion in revenues before selling it to Merck in 2007 for $9 billion.
These days Hansjoerg Wyss is more focused on giving away money than making it. Wyss, who in 2012 sold his medical device manufacturer Synthes to Johnson & Johnson for $20.2 billion in cash and stock, pledged $125 million to Harvard last May.
Chairman of the French commodities behemoth Louis Dreyfus, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus took over the company when her husband Robert died of leukemia in 2009. She’s made big changes in recent years, selling the company’s energy trading business in 2012, raising capital on the public bond markets, and publicly declaring her intentions to up her stake.
Gianluigi & Rafaela Aponte
Gianluigi Aponte met his wife Rafaela when he was a ferry ship captain; in 1970 they decided to launch their own cargo shipping venture, Mediterranean Shipping, now called MSC. Four decades later, MSC has become the world’s second largest container shipping company, with 445 vessels, just behind global leader Maersk.
Thomas Schmidheiny gets his fortune from a 20% stake in Swiss cement and concrete giant Holcim, a company he ran for two decades until he retired as chairman in 2003. Schmidheiny’s ancestors built an empire making bricks and cement; when Thomas’ father Max divided the estate in 1984 he inherited Holcim while his brother Stephan, also a billionaire, got construction company Eternit.