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# 234 Ralph Sonnenberg $8.88B

Random fact: 3G Capital agreed to take a controlling stake in Hunter Douglas in 2021.

Overview

Sonnenberg is the former chairman and chief executive of Hunter Douglas, a manufacturer of window shutters and blinds in the Netherlands. The Rotterdam-based company has operations in about 100 countries and revenue of $4.6 billion in 2021. The sale of a 75% stake in Hunter Douglas to 3G Capital was completed in 2022.

As of :
Last change -$50.0M ( -0.6%)
YTD change +$400M ( +4.7%)
Biggest asset Cash
Country / Region Netherlands
Age 88
Industry Consumer
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Net Worth Summary

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The majority of Sonnenberg's fortune is derived from proceeds associated with the sale of a 75% stake of Hunter Douglas to 3G Capital, a New York-based investment company. Hunter Douglas was founded by Ralph's father Henry. Ralph's son David became chairman in 2022, prior to completion of 3G's acquisition.

Ralph Sonnenberg and his family own about 24% of the company based on their one-quarter stake in a joint venture with 3G Capital, according to the company's website. The company is valued based on its final share price on Oct. 31, 2022.

Cash holdings include proceeds from the 3G sale and are based on an analysis of insider transactions, market performance, dividends and taxes.

Sonnenberg confirmed his stake in the company prior to de-listing without commenting on the calculation.

Biography

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Family: Married, 3 children

Ralph Sonnenberg was born in 1934. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Williams College in 1956.

He was appointed president of Hunter Douglas in 1972 after taking over from his father, Henry Sonnenberg. Henry founded the company in Germany in 1919 before moving it to Rotterdam in 1933.

Ralph's sons David and Marko became co-presidents of the company in 2004.

Ralph Sonnenberg stepped-down in 2022 following the acquisition by 3G Capital. The sale was completed in February 2022 through a joint venture, Bergson Beheer, in which the Sonnenberg family took a one-quarter stake.

Milestones
  • 1919 Henry Sonnenberg founds the predecessor company of Hunter Douglas in Germany.
  • 1933 Company moves from Germany to the Netherlands.
  • 1969 Hunter Douglas stocks are listed on Montreal and Amsterdam stock exchanges.
  • 2022 Sells around 75% of Hunter Douglas to 3G Capital.