The Richest People In Switzerland 2011 – Swiss Billionaires

National Money

This 25th year of tracking global wealth was one to remember. The 2011 Forbes Billionaires List breaks two records: total number of listees (1,210) and combined wealth ($4.5 trillion). This horde surpasses the gross domestic product of Germany, one of only six nations to have fewer billionaires this year. BRICs led the way: Brazil, Russia, India and China produced 108 of the 214 new names. These four nations are home to one in four members, up from one in 10 five years ago. Before this year only the U.S. had ever produced more than 100 billionaires. China now has 115 and Russia 101.

Below is the richest people in Switzerland according to Forbes:

1. Ernesto Bertarelli & family


Net Worth:
$10 Billion – As of March 2011
Source of wealth: Pharmaceuticals
Country of citizenship: Switzerland

Ernesto Bertarelli has made his fortune from pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies. His wife Kirsty Bertarelli, a former Miss UK, is officially the richest woman in UK.


2. Hansjorg Wyss


Net Worth:
$6.4 Billion – As of March 2011
Source of wealth: Medical Devices
Country of citizenship: Switzerland

The Harvard M.B.A. ran medical device maker ‘Synthes’ for 30 years; stepped down as chief exec in 2007. He established bio-engineering institute at Harvard and in 2009 announced a $125 million donation — largest individual philanthropic gift in school’s history. He now heads Wyss Foundation, which gives scholarships to students getting master’s degrees in conservation. He also owns a 900-acre ranch and vineyard in California.


3. Thomas Schmidheiny


Net Worth:
4.8 Billion – As of March 2011
Source of wealth: Cement
Country of citizenship: Switzerland

His great-grandfather owned a brick factory; grandfather worked in cement. His father Max carved up his estate in 1984: brother Stephen, also a billionaire, got construction company Eternit, Thomas got Holcim, the world’s second-largest supplier of cement and concrete. Ran it for 2 decades; stepped down as chairman in 2003; still holds 18% stake. Wine aficionado, he owns vineyards in Argentina, Australia, California. Also owns Swiss vineyard in his native town of Balgach. Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Cyprus in Switzerland.


4. Walter Haefner


Net Worth:
4 Billion – As of March 2011
Source of wealth: Software
Country of citizenship: Switzerland

The largest individual shareholder of IT software maker CA (formerly Computer Associates). He sold data processing firm to University Computing in 1968; that company bought by Computer Associates 1987.  He still holds 24% stake and also owns Automobil-und Motoren AG (AMAG), Switzerland’s main importer of Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Audi. Transferred ownership of his Moyglare Stud Farm in Ireland that boasts of 110 horses, many of them race winners, with names like Simple Exchange, Media Puzzle, Refuse to Bend and Go and Go to his daughter.


5. Stephan Schmidheiny

Net Worth:

2.9 Billion – As of March 2011
Source of wealth: Investments
Country of citizenship: Switzerland

Industrialist turned philanthropist and environmentalist. In 1978 became president of the board of his father’s Eternit, a construction materials manufacturer. Much of his wealth is now held in a diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds and private equity investments and is handled by professional managers.


6. Sergio Mantegazza

Net Worth: