|Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken|
30 June 1954
|Education||Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar|
|Alma mater||University of Leiden|
|Net worth||US$15.4 billion (May 2018)|
|Spouse(s)||Michel de Carvalho|
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (born 30 June 1954) is a Dutch-English businesswoman and the owner of a 25% controlling interest in the world’s second-largest brewer, Heineken International. She is the richest woman in the UK, with a net worth of £11.1 billion as of May 2018, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
Charlene Heineken was born on 30 June 1954, the daughter of Freddy Heineken, a Dutch industrialist, and Lucille Cummins, an American from a Kentucky family of bourbon whiskey distillers. She was educated at Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar, followed by a law degree from Leiden University.
She is married to Michel de Carvalho, a financier and director of Citigroup, whom she met on a ski holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He is a member of the supervisory board of Heineken NV. They reside in London with their five children.
Upon the death of her father in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, making her the wealthiest person with Dutch citizenship. In 2018, the Sunday Times Rich List ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK named her the wealthiest woman and the 6th overall, with an estimated fortune of £11.1 billion.
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While women in the Netherlands generally attach their maiden name to their married name, Charlene, as a London resident, had dropped “Heineken” from her surname.
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