Despite pandemic – wealth of the Swiss super-rich reaches record highs – News

  • The top 300 richest in Switzerland are worth a total of 821.8 billion francs. That is 115 billion more than in the previous year.
  • As in previous years, the Ikea heirs, the Kamprad brothers, took first place.
  • This emerges from the ranking list published annually by the business magazine “Bilanz”.

When the ranking was published a year ago, the media described the growth in assets as “meager” in some cases. Of course, this was also due to the corona pandemic. This is still not over.

But the economy, i.e. the companies, have learned to deal with it, as the numbers in this year’s ranking suggest. Because the fortunes of many super-rich skyrocketed in 2021. Overall, they are growing by 16.3 percent.


In first place: the sons of Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad (right). The fortunes of Jonas (55), Peter (57) and Mathias Kamprad (52) amount to 55 to 56 billion francs. The public appearances of the Kamprad brothers are rare – as are photos of them.

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There are 145 billionaires among the 300 richest. The list is still topped by the Kamprad brothers – the descendants of Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad. Together they own 55 to 56 billion Swiss francs and have been running the furniture company since the company’s founder’s death in January 2018. Places two to ten of the top ten are distributed as follows:

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The ten richest have a proud 261 billion Swiss francs in assets. In addition: This year, eleven new people cracked the 100 million mark, which entitles them to be included in the ranking. Including Severin Schwan, Roche’s CEO.

The big winner

This year, the major freight forwarder Klaus-Michael Kühne recorded the greatest growth with an increase of 17 billion Swiss francs. Two divisions of its parent company – Kühne Holding – grew particularly strongly: the logistics group Kühne und Nagel grew by 50 percent and the shipping company Hapag-Lloyd rose by as much as 250 percent.

We have never seen such an increase in wealth.

Last but not least, Kühne benefited from the supply bottlenecks that have been keeping the economy busy for months. The demand is high, the container ships are stowed in the ports. The average freight costs per container in the third quarter of 2021 are around twice as high as in the same quarter of the previous year. This is also confirmed by the editor-in-chief of the Bilanz, Dirk Schütz: “We have never seen such an increase in assets. The logistics and forwarding business is going like crazy ».

But: not all have gained. Patrick Drahi, for example, has lost one billion Swiss francs in assets. The Israeli-French internet entrepreneur has lived in Switzerland since 1999. Overall, however, there are significantly fewer losers than winners, which is also underlined by the absolute figures.

The richest woman in Switzerland

With a fortune of 14 to 15 billion francs, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is, as in the previous year, the richest woman in Switzerland. The Dutch-Swiss dual citizen and electoral alliance controls L’Arche Holding Heineken, the second largest beer group in the world.

Editor’s note: The requirement to be included in the ranking is that you live in Switzerland, be registered and pay taxes. It is not compulsory to be a Swiss citizen.

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