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Netherlands – Randstad founder second-richest man in country

02 November 2012

The founder of what is now the second-largest recruitment firm in the world, Randstad, has been named among the richest people in the Netherlands in the well-known Quote 500 list which compares to the Sunday Times Rich List or Forbes 400.

The magazine named Frits Goldschmeding as the Netherlands' second-richest man with an estimated fortune of €2.1 billion. He founded Randstad in 1960 and stepped down as vice chairman of the company in April 2011, having previously retired from his role as CEO in 1998.

Mr Goldschmeding took the company public in 1990 and then merged Randstad with Dutch recruitment group Vedior in 2008.  He still owns around 35% of shares in Randstad. His career has also seen him work as a professor at the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Nyenrode Business University.

Heiress to Dutch brewing company Heineken, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, was named the richest person in the country with an estimated fortune of €5.4 billion. 

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