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The New Top 5 Richest People in Switzerland.

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The New Top 5 Richest People in the Switzerland.

Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries, so it might come as no surprise that it’s home to some of the world’s mega-rich. Of the 2,755 wealthiest people on the Forbes 2021 list, 40 of them are Swiss citizens. Many of these elite figures belong to famously wealthy Swiss families who have run multinational companies for generations.

A prime destination for wealthy heirs and heiresses: Switzerland is home to more than 41 billionaires. The vast majority of Switzerland’s wealthiest residents are male, in fact, only around 8 women are part of the exclusive club. One of the most prominent of the female billionaires is Magdalena Martullo-Blocher. Other women of wealth include Rahel Blocher, Dona Bertarelli, Maja Oeri, and the Russian-born heiress Margarita Louis-Dreyfus.

Switzerland has a stable, prosperous, and high-tech economy and enjoys great wealth, being ranked as the wealthiest country in the world per capita in multiple rankings. It has the world’s twentieth largest economy by nominal GDP and the thirty-eight largest by purchasing power parity. It is the seventeenth-largest exporter. Zürich and Geneva are regarded as global cities, ranked as Alpha and Beta respectively. 

Since the beginning of time, this great nation has been able to catapult into being the greatest in the industries that make a country grow. Impeccable individuals from Swiss have created corporations, industries, franchises, and have undertaken humanitarian purposes to capture the minds of the world.

In today’s article, we will take a look at the top 5 richest people in Switzerland that have created their wealth through creating employment and rising above the challenges to be who they are now.

Without wasting much time let’s dive in.

Rank Name of PersonalityEstimated Net Worth
#1Gianluigi & Rafaela Aponte11.4 billion
#2Guillaume Pousaz9.0 billion
#3Ernesto Bertarelli8.6 billion
#4Magdalena Martullo-Blocher7.9 billion
#5Rahel Blocher7.9 billion

Gianluigi and Rafaela Aponte

Married couple Gianluigi and Rafaela Aponte are from Geneva, and own international shipping company MSC.

Their $10.8 billion net worth puts them at number 208 on the Forbes billionaire list, and the richest billionaires in Switzerland.

Gianluigi first entered the industry in 1970, when he had to use a loan to buy his first-ever ship – a German ship named Patricia. He called his second ship after his wife, Rafaela. More than 50 years later, MSC has become the second-biggest shipping company in the world.

Guillaume Pousaz

With a net worth of $9 billion, Guillaume Pousaz is the second-richest Swiss billionaire on the Forbes list, coming in at number 262.

Guillaume’s fortune comes from the international payment processing site Checkout.com, which he founded in 2012. He’s one of the younger billionaires on the list, at just 39-years-old at the time of writing. Checkout.com was valued at $15 billion in January 2021 after raising $450 million from private investors.


Ernesto Bertarelli

The third Swiss billionaire on the Forbes list is Ernesto Bertarelli, who once owned biotech company Serono after inheriting it from his father in 1998.

Ernesto sold Serono, which is known for making the multiple sclerosis drug Rebif, for $13 billion in 2007. He split this sum with his sister Dona, who appears further down our list.

They both now chair the Bertarelli Foundation, which carries out research into life sciences and marine conservation.

In addition to this, the Bertarelli family also owns Waypoint Group, which holds a wide range of investments in commercial real estate and drug companies

Magdalena Martullo-Blocher

The next Swiss billionaire is Rahel Blocher’s sister, Magdalena. She took charge of the polymer and chemical company EMS in 2004 after her father stepped away from his position and sold his shares in the company.

Prior to taking on this job, Magdalena held management positions at Johnson & Johnson and Rivella, a Swiss drinks maker.

More recently, Magdalena has branched out into politics. In 2015, she was elected to the Swiss parliament as a national councilor.

Rahel Blocher

Rahel Blocher received her billions in 2004, after her father sold his shares in EMS, a Swiss polymer and chemical company, to his children.

EMS has been in the Blocher family for decades and was worth so much money that the split of shares made Rahel’s three siblings billionaires, too. In fact, her sister Magdalena is also featured on our list.

While Rahel doesn’t work for EMS, she is still working in family-related businesses. She heads up her father’s investment company called Robinvest and sits on the board of the Schweizer Musikinsel Rheinau Foundation, which also belongs to her father.

You can also read more about the top richest people in Switzerland at expatica. You can also check out our list for the top 10 richest people in Kenya also here: georgeweb.org

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