10) Esther Grether- Net $1.73 Billion
Ester Grether’s wealth comes from owning the second largest number of shares in the Swiss watch company, Swatch. She also privately owns large and very valuable collection of 20th century art. Her collection includes pieces by Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
9) Sergio Mantegazza- Net $2.6 Billion
Sergio Mantegazza inherited his father’s travel business. His father founded Globus, a tour and travel company, in 1928. The company organizes tours with guides and European cruises in the United States, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Australia. He has hosted cruises on his own yacht, “Lady Marina”. It is said that one of his guests was Tina Turner, but that rumor is left to speculation.
8) Stephen Schmidheiny- Net $3 Billion
Stephen Schmidheiny became recognized as one of Switzerland’s most successful businessmen in 1976. He inherited his father’s construction company, which made building material, when he was 29 years old. He sold the company and started investing various divisions, including construction and real estate. He is now recognized as one of the most generous philanthropists with a focus on environmental causes. He regularly donates and takes an active role in various foundations.
7) Ingvar Kamprad- Net $3.4 Billion
Ingvar Kamprad founded Ikea in 1943. His net worth was over $23 billion prior to stepping down from the Ikea Group and leaving the group to be run by his three sons at the age of 87. He named his company and store Ikea to reflect the first letters of his name, the family farm, and the village near where he was born (Ikea+ Kamprad+ Elmtaryd+ Agunnaryd).
6) Dona Bertarelli -Net $4.5 Billion
An accomplished sailor, Donna Bertarelli served as executive director of public & professional affairs in her family’s biotech company, Serono. She an citizen of Switzerland with an Italian background. Her wealth was added to when she bought the five-star Grand Hotel Park in 2003. Her net work continues to increase.
5) Willi & Isolde Liebherr- Net $5.1 Billion
Willi & Isolde Liebherr are a husband and wife team whose wealth comes from Liebherr Group, which includes more than 130 companies that manufacture heavy, commercial equipment for slightly different fields. They manufacture equipment for mining, tower cranes, aerospace and transportation systems, automation systems, and even domestic appliances.
4) Hansjoerg Wyss -Net $6.1 Billion
His wealth comes from his medical device manufacturer, Synthes. Hansjorg Wyss is recognized as one of the most charitable businessmen in Switzerland. He has founded and contributed to several charities, including the Wyss Foundation that is focused on conservation of natural resources and empowering community members to take part in the betterment of their own lives.
3) Margarita Louis-Dreyfus- Net $8 Billion
Margarita makes her wealth being the chairman of French conglomerate company, The Louis-Dreyfous Group. The company focuses in global dealings in agriculture, oil, metal, and other commodities. She recently sold her energy trading company after the death of her husband, Robert.
2) Ernesto Bertarelli- Net $8.6 Billion
The brother of Dona Bertarelli, Ernesto also got his start working in the family biotech company, Serono. He helped develop one of the most famous drugs for multiple scelorosis, Rebig. Following his father’s death in 1998, he sold the $2.4 million company to Merch for $9 million. He now works for the foundation he co-founded with his sister. The Bertarelli Foundation focuses on conservation efforts.
1) Gianluigi & Rafaela Aponte -Net $9.5
The Aponte family has made many headlines in Switzerland’s business news. They own one of the most successful shipping companies in the world- theirs is the second largest cargo companies in the world- and are very well-known abroad as well. They also have the fourth largest cruise companies. Rafaela does all the interior designs for the cruise ships. The couple has two children.