© Reuters. Six “crypto millionaires” make the list of Switzerland’s greatest fortunes
Geneva, Nov 26 (.) .- The list of the biggest fortunes in Switzerland produced annually by the economic magazine Bilan, released today, includes for the first time in its 2021 edition six “crypto millionaires” who made great profits from trade of virtual currencies.
The Basque businessman from José María Aristrain reappears on the list, in position 121 with a net worth of between 1,000 and 1,500 million Swiss francs (950-1,450 million euros).
The Hoffmann-Oeri-Duschmalé family, which controls the pharmaceutical giant Roche (SIX :), remains for the second consecutive year in the first place, with a fortune valued at about 35,000 million Swiss francs (33,000 million euros).
They are followed by Klaus-Michael Kühne, the majority shareholder of the transport group Kühne + Nagel, and the French millionaire based in Geneva Gérard Wertheimer, one of the owners of the luxury brand Chanel, both with a fortune of about 30,000 million francs (28,000 millions of euros).
The covid pandemic, Bilan analyzes, has not particularly affected the great fortunes, whose number has doubled in the years since the 2008 financial crisis, and there are already about 20,000 residents in Switzerland with assets of more than 10 million francs (9.5 million euros).
The total fortune of the 300 richest Swiss people increased by 16.3%, the highest percentage in the 30 years since the magazine began to make this list.
In the case of the new “crypto millionaires”, their fortunes have benefited from the sharp increase in the value of cryptocurrencies such as that, which has multiplied by five in the last year.
This is the case of Niklas Nikolajsen, a Dane living in the Swiss city of Zug who appears in the 231st position on Bilan’s list, with a net worth valued at 400 million francs (382 million euros).
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