Heirs to Today’s Largest Fortunes

This time on the Inheritance Funding Blog, we’re going to take a look at a few extreme examples of heirs awaiting an inheritance. Some people call it luck. Others just say that it’s being born to the right circumstances. No matter your stance on the subject, the public is becoming increasingly interested in the lives of famous heirs who are waiting to inherit more money than most people could ever imagine spending. Below are some of today’s heirs and heiresses staking their claims to their relatives’ vast fortunes.


Delphine Arnault: Delphine’s father, Bernard, heads the LVMH Group whose portfolio includes Louis Vuitton, Moët, Hennessy, Marc Jacobs, Dior among others. With this extensive collection of brands, LVMH has its hands in all things luxury. Delphine heads the Dior shoe and bag divisions and is involved with many other products and designers. Deemed the Wolf in a Cashmere Coat, she is one of the richest women in the world.


Sam Branson: Sam’s father, Sir Richard Branson, is worth an estimated $3.8 billion and is the man behind the Virgin collection of companies such as Virgin Records, Virgin Books, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Mobile and Virgin fuels. Sam is often seen hanging with Hollywood celebutantes, modeling, and relaxing on his dad’s private 74 acre island, Necker Island.  It remains to be seen just how much Sam will eventually be involved in his father’s businesses.


Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken: Charlene became the wealthiest woman in The Netherlands when her father, Alfred Heineken, passed away in 2003. The heiress to the premium beer from Holland is worth more than $7 billion and is currently maintaining the business’ operations.


The Ikea sons: IKEA is the world’s premier supplier of affordable home furnishings. Headed by Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA is, in fact, the world’s largest furniture retailer generating around $28 Billion dollars per year in worldwide sales. Ingvar’s three sons are expected to inherit tens of billions of dollars while also sitting on the company’s executive board.


Abigail Johnson: Abigail “Abby” Johnson’s family controls 49% of America’s largest mutual fund company, Fidelity Investments. After Harvard Business School, Abigail quickly worked her way through the ranks at Fidelity and in 2001, took control of Fidelity’s mutual fund division.  As of 2008, Abigail Johnson was worth around $15 Billion dollars US, placing her as the 43rd richest person in the world.


Aditya Mittal: Aditya is the heir and CFO of the Arcelor Mittal Steel company. He was instrumental in the company’s $38 billion takeover of European steel business, Arcelor.  He shows no signs of halting expansion and it seems he has inherited his father’s ambition as well as his vast wealth.


Ivanka Trump: As the daughter of Donald Trump, Ivanka stands to inherit her father’s undisclosed amount of personal wealth as well as real estate and entertainment assets. She is already the vice president of real estate development and acquisitions of the Trump Organization. Her brothers, Donald, Jr. and Eric, are also executive vice presidents of the corporation and along with Ivanka will inherit most of what “the Donald” leaves behind.


Allegra Versace: On her 18th birthday, Allegra came into the inheritance left to her valued at over $700 million. After her early education in Milan, Allegra attended Brown University. Her struggle with anorexia is well documented and ongoing.  She currently lives in Italy with her mother, Donatella, and is extremely active in the direction that the Versace brand ultimately undergoes.


Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer:Granddaughter of cosmetic greatness, Estee Lauder, Aerin is the public face of the company and also backs the creative marketing department and global advertising.  Today, the Estee Lauder Company is comprised of 19 brands including Clinique, Prescriptives, Aveda, MAC and Origins.  In 2004, Aerin’s stock holdings in Estee Lauder alone topped $550 million US.

IFC | December 13th 2013 | Comments(0)

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