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#209 Jorn Rausing $7.26B

Random fact: Head of mergers and acquisitions for Tetra Laval.


Rausing is a beneficiary of a family trust that owns Tetra Laval, the maker of more than 180 billion milk and juice packages in 2015. The Pully, Switzerland-based company had revenue of 14.3 billion euros ($15.9 billion) in 2015, according to its annual report. He shares the trust with his two siblings, Kirsten and Finn.

As of July 24, 2017:
Last change -$41.4M (-0.6%)
YTD change +$673M (+10.2%)
Industry Services
Biggest asset Tetra Laval
Citizenship Sweden
Age 56
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The majority of Rausing's fortune is derived from his stake in closely held Swedish packaging company, Tetra Laval. He controls it through a trust he shares with his brother and sister and is credited with one-third of the business. The family consolidated ownership of the Pully, Switzerland-based business in 1995, when it bought the half of Tetra Laval held by their uncle, Hans Rausing. The company made more than 180 billion Tetra Pak packages in 2015, according to its website.

The price the family paid for Hans Rausing's stake has never been disclosed. For this calculation, the price used is $7 billion, the figure reported by the Financial Times, citing unidentified sources, at the time of the sale. Tetra Laval, which had 14.3 billion euros in revenue in 2015 according to its annual report, is valued using the average enterprise value-to-Ebitda and price-to-earnings multiples of three publicly traded peer companies: Sonoco Products, Bemis Company and Crown Holdings.

A 15 percent premium is applied to the valuation to reflect Tetra Laval's dominant market position and wider margins than its publicly listed peers. The premium is based on information from analysts that track the company and asked not to be identified because the information is private.

The value of his cash holdings is based on an analysis of dividends, market performance, insider transactions, taxes and charitable contributions -- including the 1995 purchase of the remaining stake in Tetra Laval.

Rausing also owns 69 million shares of Harfield, U.K.-based food retailer, Ocado Group through the Apple II Trust, according to the company's 2016 annual report.

Joergen Haglind, a spokesman for Tetra Laval, declined to comment on the family's net worth calculation.


Birthdate: 1960
Family: Unmarried, No children
Education: Economics, Lund University, Bachelor's Degree

Jorn Rausing was born in 1960 in Sweden, the youngest of Gad and Birgit Rausing's three children. His paternal grandfather, Ruben Rausing, founded Tetra Pak in 1951, and his father and uncle, Hans Rausing, helped make it into one of the largest packaging companies in the world.

From their base in Sweden, the two brothers oversaw the company's expansion overseas. In 1991, they acquired French dairy-equipment manufacturer DeLaval.

In 1993, Hans stepped down as chairman of the closely held company, which was renamed Tetra Laval the same year. Two years later, Gad purchased Hans's 50 percent stake in the family business for $7 billion, according to reports in the Financial Times at the time of the deal. When Gad died in January 2000, his widow, Jorn's mother Birgit, placed the asset in a trust, whose beneficiaries are Jorn, his brother Finn and sister Kirsten.

Like his father and older brother Finn, Jorn attended Lund University, graduating with a degree in business and economics in 1985. A non-executive board member of Tetra Laval since 1991, he is also the company's head of mergers and acquisitions. He also serves on the board of Ocado, a U.K.-based online grocery-delivery service, of which he owns an 11 percent stake. He lives in London.

  • 1951 Grandfather Ruben establishes Tetra Pak in Lund, Sweden.
  • 1954 Tetra Pak's first milk packages are made in Stockholm.
  • 1959 Annual production capacity at Tetra Pak hits 1 billion cartons.
  • 1960 Jorn Rausing is born in Sweden, the youngest of three children.
  • 1980 Graduates from Lund University with a business degree.
  • 1983 Ruben Rausing dies at age 88.
  • 1991 Jorn joins the board of directors at Tetra Laval.
  • 1993 Uncle, Hans, steps down as chairman of Tetra Laval.
  • 1995 With father and siblings, buys Hans's Tetra Pak stake for $7 billion.
  • 2003 Invests about $24 million in online grocer Ocado.