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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Born Charlene Heineken
30 June 1954 (age 64)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Residence London, England
Education Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar
Alma mater University of Leiden
Net worth IncreaseUS$15.4 billion (May 2018)[1]
Spouse(s) Michel de Carvalho
Children 5
Parent(s) Freddy Heineken
Lucille Cummins

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.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.[2]


She owns a 25% controlling stake in Dutch brewer Heineken, of which she is also an executive director.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Michel de Carvalho, a financier and director of Citigroup, whom she met on a ski holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[4] He is a member of the supervisory board of Heineken NV. They reside in London with their five children.[2]

Upon the death of her father in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, making her the wealthiest person with Dutch citizenship.[5][6] 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.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. Jump up to:a b c “The Rich List: At last, the self-made triumph over old money”. The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken”. Forbes. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. Jump up^ “Age Gate”. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  4. Jump up^ Sellers, Patricia (December 3, 2014). “Heineken’s Charlene de Carvalho: A self-made Jewish heiress”Fortune Magazine (2014-12-22). Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-12-30While women in the Netherlands generally attach their maiden name to their married name, Charlene, as a London resident, had dropped “Heineken” from her surname.
  5. Jump up^ Rossingh, Danielle (2003-02-26). “Heineken heiress remains a mystery”BBC News. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  6. Jump up^ The Daily Telegraph – Sunday Times Rich List 2010: Britain’s richest see wealth rise by one third, 2010-04-24