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# 496 Traudl Engelhorn-Vechiatto $4.48B

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Traudl Engelhorn-Vechiatto is the widow of Peter Engelhorn. She sold his 22.3 percent of family holding company Corange to Basel, Switzerland-based Roche Holding, the world's largest biotechnology company, for about $2.3 billion in 1998. Corange owned German diagnostics manufacturer Boehringer Mannheim.

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Citizenship Switzerland
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Engelhorn-Vechiatto's fortune came from her late husband, Peter Engelhorn, who died in 1991. The Engelhorn family sold its pharmaceutical interests for $10.2 billion to Roche Holdings, the world's largest biotechnology company according to its website, in 1998.

She controlled Peter Engelhorn's 22.3% stake in Corange, the family's Bermuda-based holding company, as disclosed in a March 19, 1998 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The entity owned all of German diagnostics manufacturer Boehringer Mannheim and 84 percent of orthopedics maker DePuy, according to documents filed with the SEC. 

The proceeds of the sale -- valued at almost $2.3 billion at the time of the transaction -- are held through March, a separate Bermuda-based holding company. The net worth calculation assumes she is the sole heir to the fortune, and applies taxes and market performance to the proceeds.


Family: Widowed, 4 children

Friedrich Engelhorn co-founded chemical company BASF, the world's biggest chemical company, in 1865, and acquired medical business Boehringer & Soehne 18 years later. In 1974, Boehringer Mannheim -- which had been led by Friedrich's grandson Curt Engelhorn since 1960 -- bought Indianapolis-based Bio-Dynamics, which owned DePuy, a maker of orthopedic instruments.

Curt Engelhorn formed Bermuda-based holding company Corange in 1985, and placed 84 percent of DePuy and all of Boehringer into the new entity. Swiss pharmaceutical conglomerate Roche Holdings bought Corange for $10.2 billion in cash in 1998.

Curt's cousin, Peter Engelhorn, who died in 1991, held a 22.3 percent stake, which passed to his wife, Traudl. The mother of four oversees her investments through another Bermuda-based holding company, March.

  • 1865 Friedrich Engelhorn co-founds chemical company BASF.
  • 1873 BASF opens first U.S. office in New York City.
  • 1985 Engelhorn family holding company Corange established in Bermuda.
  • 1990 San Francisco biotech firm Genentech sells majority stake to Roche.
  • 1991 Peter Engelhorn dies; survived by wife Traudl and four daughters.
  • 1993 Establishes foundation, Peter und Traudl Engelhorn Stiftung.
  • 1997 Roche agrees to buy Corange, Boehringer and DePuy holding company.
  • 1998 Traudl sells stake in Boehringer and DePuy to Roche for $2.3 billion.
  • 2000 Roche buys 44 percent of biotech firm Genentech for $46.8 billion.