Keeping It in the Family: 10 Crazy Huge Inheritances

Athina Onassis

Athina Onassis is the only heir of shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who many people know solely as the second husband of Jackie Kennedy. Athina is his granddaughter from his first marriage to Athina Livanos, through their daughter Christina Onassis. The younger Athina is currently 30 years old, and has spent most of her career as an equestrian show jumper.

Although she has stated that she has no interest in being a part of her grandfather’s vast empire, her lawyers fought to install her as President of the Onassis Foundation on her 21st birthday, the day that she was legally entitled to hold the full amount of her inheritance. The attempt was unsuccessful, and Athina has spent most of her life living in Brazil with her husband.

Aditya Mittal

Aditya Mittal is the CFO of the largest steel firm in the world, ArcelorMittal, which is a hybrid of Arcelor and Mittal Steel, which was founded by Aditya’s father Lakshmi. Aditya Mittal is considered to be one of the top 10 wealthiest men in Britain, although he isn’t actually a British citizen. Aditya grew up in Indonesia, and studied business management in America before going on to work for the family business in 1997. He was instrumental in the merger of the family company with competitor Arcelor in 2006, which set up the new company as the largest steel manufacturing group in the entire world. Aditya is also an active philanthropist, donating millions to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital to fund a new children’s medical center.

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

One of the richest women in the entire world, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is worth about $13.4 billion as of 2015. Her inheritance from her late father included a 25% stake in the Heineken brewery empire — a ridiculous amount of control considering the fact that when she took ownership, she had no business experience whatsoever.

Before 2002, the only stake she had was a single share that her father gave her, worth about $32 at the time. After he died, she inherited the equivalent of about 100 million shares, and vowed to steer the company personally. In little more than 10 years she has diversified the company profile, and overseen the acquisition of several different brands like Dos Equis and Sol. Under Charlene’s management, Heineken has become the most widely distributed beer on Earth.


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