Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (born 30 June 1954) is a Dutch-British billionaire businesswoman, and the owner of a 25% controlling interest in the world's second-largest brewer, Heineken N.V. She is the richest person in the Netherlands, with a net worth of $16.3 billion as of October 2019, according to the Forbes billionaires list.[1]

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Charlene Heineken

(1954-06-30) 30 June 1954 (age 67)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
EducationRijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar
Alma materUniversity of Leiden
Spouse(s)Michel de Carvalho
Parent(s)Freddy Heineken
Lucille Cummins

Early life

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.[1]


She owns a 25% controlling stake in Dutch brewer Heineken, of which she is also an executive director.[2]

The biannual Heineken Prize for cognitive science is named after her.[3]

Personal life

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.[1]

Upon the death of her father in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, making her the wealthiest person with Dutch citizenship.[5][6] In 2019, the Sunday Times Rich List ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK named her the wealthiest woman and the 7th overall, with an estimated fortune of £12 billion.[7]

See also


  1. "Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken". Forbes. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. "Age Gate". Archived from the original on 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  3. "C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Foundation for Cognitive Science". Archived from the original on 2018-09-27. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  4. Sellers, Patricia (December 3, 2014). "Heineken's Charlene de Carvalho: A self-made Jewish heiress". Fortune Magazine (2014–12–22). Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 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.
  5. Rossingh, Danielle (2003-02-26). "Heineken heiress remains a mystery". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  6. The Daily Telegraph - Sunday Times Rich List 2010: Britain's richest see wealth rise by one third, 2010-04-24
  7. "The Rich List: At last, the self-made triumph over old money". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 May 2018.