The Wertheimer family at the top of the ranking of the richest in Switzerland

Zurich (awp) – Taking advantage of the solidity of the luxury industry, Gérard Wertheimer takes control of the ranking of the 300 greatest fortunes of Switzerland. Owner with his brother Alain of the Chanel haute couture house, the Frenchman residing in Geneva, seizes the 1st rank, doubling the Hoffmann-Oeri-Duschmalé families, which control the Basel pharmaceutical giant Roche and Klaus-Michael Kühne, majority shareholder of the Schwyz transport and logistics group Kühne+Nagel.

According to the 2022 edition of the ranking of the 300 greatest fortunes established in Switzerland, unveiled Thursday by the magazine Bilan, the fortune of the Wertheimer family is estimated between 38 and 39 billion Swiss francs, up by no less than 9 billion. Their runner-up, the fifteen descendants of the founder of the Rhine pharmaceutical group Roche, Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche, share an estate of 30 to 31 billion between them, with a 67.5% stake in bearer shares held via a pool of shareholders.

At the head of the biggest Swiss fortunes last year, the honorary president of Kühne+Nagel, who also owns more than 30% of the German shipowner Hapag-Lloyd, inherits the 3rd step of the podium, his bottom of wool, which lost a few stitches in one year, amounting to between 23 and 24 billion Swiss francs. Based in Basel and Geneva and active in banking, real estate and agri-food, the Safra family retains its 4th place, its fortune remaining stable at 22-23 billion.

Decidedly strongly represented in the balance sheet ranking, Geneva can still count on the Apponte family, owner of the maritime giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and newcomer to the top ten fortunes of Switzerland thanks to a leap in its heritage of 10 billion to some 20 billion. The MSC group, 3rd cruise operator on the planet, is also fighting in the category of heavyweight container ships with the Danish Maersk, the French CGA CGM, the Chinese Cosco or even Hapag-Lloyd.

Strong growth for Guillaume Pousaz

Resident for twenty years in Rapperswil, on the St. Gall shore of Lake Zurich, Jorge Lemann, binational Brazilian and Swiss, remains firmly established in 6th place in the hierarchy of the best endowed fortunes in Switzerland, his heritage weighing 16 to 17 billion. Swiss francs. The 82-year-old businessman, who also played for Switzerland in the Davis Cup tennis tournament, notably holds stakes in Burger King and the world number one beer AB inBev.

Jorge Lemann precedes the Bertarelli family, whose assets amount to 16-17 billion Swiss francs, then the Geneva entrepreneur domiciled in Dubai, Guillaume Pousaz and his payment company In the space of a year, his fortune soared by 4 billion, one of the ten fastest growing, to 15-16 billion. Under sanctions after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and considered a close friend of Vladimir Putin, the Armenian-Russian-Finnish Gennadi Timtchenko, 5th in 2021, is downgraded to 9th place. Estimated at 15-16 billion and partly blocked, his fortune has shrunk by 4 billion.

In addition to the assets of the founder of the oil trading company Gunvor, those of the Bonnard and Schindler families (Schindler elevators and escalators), Klaus-Michael Kühne and the Blocher family (Ems-chemie) have also melted, respectively by 7 , 6 and 5 billion Swiss francs.


The Wertheimer family at the top of the ranking of the richest in Switzerland