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# 470 Frits Goldschmeding $4.66B

Random fact: Decided to study economics after reading "The Worldly Philosophers."


Goldschmeding is the co-founder and largest shareholder of Randstad Holding, the world's second-biggest staffing and recruitment firm. The Diemen, Netherlands-based company had revenue of 23.8 billion euros ($28.1 billion) in 2018. The billionaire stepped down as the company's president and chief executive officer in 1998.

As of :
Last change -$120M ( -2.5%)
YTD change -$223M ( -4.6%)
Industry Retail
Biggest asset RAND NA Equity
Citizenship Netherlands
Age 87
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Goldschmeding's fortune is derived from his stake in Randstad Holding. He holds shares through Randstad Beheer, a holding company based in Laren, the Netherlands, according to the 2018 annual report.

The 2018 annual report puts Goldschmeding's shareholding at 32% of the company's voting rights. Prior to May 28, 2019, this analysis calculated his holding at 35% because previous annual reports reported his holding at "between 30% and 40%". Changing his holding to 32% in this analysis led to a reduction in his net worth of about $100 million.

The value of the billionaire's cash investments is based on an analysis of dividends, taxes and market performance.

Mijke van Schieveen, a spokesperson for Randstad, declined to comment on the shareholding beyond what was reported in the company's annual reports.


Birthdate: 1/1/1933
Family: Married, 3 children
Education: Free University Amsterdam

Frits Goldschmeding was born in Amsterdam in 1933. He co-founded employment agency Randstad with fellow economics student Ger Daleboudt in 1960, while studying at Amsterdam's Vrije University. The two came up with the idea for the business as they were cycling back from a fraternity party at 2:00 a.m. They established their first office in their dorm room.

By the time Goldschmeding stepped down as president and chief executive officer in 1998, Randstad had 1,000 offices. The company acquired competitor Vedior for $5.1 billion in 2007, to become the world's second-largest staffing provider. The billionaire retired from the company's board of directors in 2011. Goldschmeding is married with three children, and lives in Laren, the Netherlands.

  • 1933 Frits Goldschmeding is born.
  • 1960 Co-founds employment agency Randstad with fellow economics student.
  • 1990 Randstad sells shares in public offering on Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
  • 1998 Steps down as company's chief executive officer, stays on board of directors.
  • 2007 Acquired competitor Vedior for $5.1 billion.
  • 2011 Retires from Randstad's company board.
  • 2012 Docks three-masted tall ship in London for Olympic Games.
  • 2016 Randstad places more than 600,000 people in temporary jobs this year.