The super-rich residents in Switzerland are becoming richer, as admitted by the business magazine "Bilanz": the 300 people wealthiest residents in the Confederation together have 613 billion francs (+18.6 billion compared to 2015).
The ranking continues to be headed by the Kamprad family: the children of the founder of Ikea boast, according to "Bilanz", a fortune of 45/46 billion francs, an increase of one billion a year.
Number two is the Brazilian-Swiss beer baron Jorge Lemann, who owns part of the world’s largest brewer ABInBev. His wealth fell by CHF1 billion to CHF 27-28 billion.
In third place, Hoffmann and Oeri families, heirs of the founder of the pharmaceutical group Roche: within 12 months they have lost 2 billion in stock market prices, but continue to manage assets of 23-24 billion.
The figures come as a surprise to Dirk Schütz, the editor in chief of Bilanz. “It shows that the Swiss economy is still very energetic,” he told Swiss public broadcaster SRF. Society benefits too, Schütz added. “Many big firms are still family-run and it’s here that jobs are being created. If the firm does well, so do its employees.”
The magazine says that one in 18 of 2,473 billionaires worldwide lives in Switzerland. The financial magazine stresses that the departures of super-rich to foreign countries have been more numerous than the arrivals in the country: in particular among those who have left Switzerland, the singer Shania Twain (400/500 million), back in Canada, the singer-songwriter and musician Phil Collins (200/300 million), who moved to the United States, and the Saudi family Elkhereiji (2.3 billion), which has decided to settle in the Principality of Monaco.
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