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Thomas Schmidheiny

Thomas Schmidheiny Swiss businessman

Swiss businessman
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Quick Facts
Intro Swiss businessman
Countries Switzerland
Occupations Businessperson Entrepreneur Art collector
Type Arts Business
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1945 (Balgach, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland)
Family
Father: Max Schmidheiny
Siblings: Stephan Schmidheiny
Education Tufts University
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Biography

Thomas Schmidheiny (born 1945) is a Swiss entrepreneur, former chairman of Holcim, the cement manufacturer. He is listed by Forbes magazine as the 527th richest person in the world as of 2016, when his net worth was estimated at US$4.1 billion.

Early life

Thomas Schmidheiny is the son of Max Schmidheiny (1908-1991). The family's construction materials empire (bricks, cement, etc) was divided in 1984, with Thomas inheriting Holcim, the concrete and cement company, and his brother Stephan, also a billionaire, was given the construction company Eternit.

Career

Until 2003, Schmidheiny was the chairman of Holcim, one of the world's leading cement manufacturers, founded by his grand-uncle in 1912. Schmidheiny resigned his chairmanship as part of a deal to settle an investigation of insider trading in Spain. He has remained on the Board since that time. Since the merger between Holcim and Lafarge Thomas Schmidheiny detains 11.4% of the company Lafarge-Holcim and is the biggest shareholder of the firm.

Education

Schmidheiny holds a doctorate from Tufts University and a bachelor's degree from Zurich Polytechnic.

Honors

The Indian School of Business has a Thomas Schmidheiny chair of family business. As of 2012, the post was held by Kavil Ramachandran.

Personal life

Schmidheiny is married with four children; he owns vineyards and wineries in Argentina, Switzerland and the US, including his residence in Klosters.

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http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-02/schmidheiny-plans-to-boost-holcim-stake-sonntagszeitung-reports.html
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b98f1b80-2555-11e0-93ae-00144feab49a.html#axzz3talg0KCh
http://www.lafargeholcim.com/thomas-schmidheiny-director
http://www.livemint.com/Companies/noJbF1pcZlPDmlRyO4AhqI/Economy-highly-dependent-on-familyrun-businesses-destiny.html
http://fletcher.tufts.edu/News-and-Media/2011/02/17/Thomas-Schmidheiny-talk
http://isni.org/isni/0000000094509131
https://www.forbes.com/profile/thomas-schmidheiny/
https://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/08/business/world-business-briefing-europe-switzerland-insider-trading.html
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nr99015133
https://d-nb.info/gnd/121799328
https://viaf.org/viaf/26983573
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