Fourteen Swedes Make Forbes Billionaire List

Via The Local:

H&M owner Stefan Persson was the highest placed Swede on the Forbes billionaire list published on Tuesday, with 13 other Swedes possessing a fortune large enough to join him in the elite club.

Stefan Persson came in at number twelve in the 2013 Forbes rankings, down four places from last year, with an estimated fortune of around $28 billion.

The 65-year-old’s fortune rose by $2 billion since 2012. Forbes noted that Persson had been busy lately with his high profile real estate investments.

The only other Swede to sneak inside the top 100 list was 86-year-old Hans Rausing of TetraPak fame, who boasted a wealth of $11 billion.

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, who placed as high as 11th back in 2010, dropped even further this year to 412th place with an estimated fortune of $3.2 billion.

Kamprad’s drop comes after his economic stake in Ikea was taken out of his control and put into a tax haven in Lichtenstein. Forbes noted that the 86-year-old Swede has “historically shown little interest in the trappings of wealth anyway”.

Other Swedes featured on the list include Antonia Johnsson at 118 with a fortune estimated at $9.2 billion.

She heads the Axel Johnsson Group, which has interests in everything from energy to telecom and real estate.

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