Barbara Piasecka Johnson Net Worth $3.6 Billion
According to the “Forbes 400” list, she was ranked the 120th most affluent person, in 2012. She was the 376th in the record of World Billionaires as of 2013. Also generally known as Basia, she was born in Poland. In 1968, Basia left Poland and worked as the cook of Johnson & Johnson heir J. Seward Johnson and his wife Esther but had to change occupations with the family’s chambermaid. After a year, Johnson became the curator for the Seward Johnson’s art collection. It was after that in which Mr. Johnson found her knowledge and expertise in art. In this time Mr. Johnson had an extramarital affair with Basia. He divorced his wife in 1971 and married her. Upon his departure in 1983, Piasecka inherited a bulk of his bundle which contained the 18 million shares of Johnson & Johnson. She afterward converted it into a country club together with the manor house functioning as club house and also the grounds became a par-72 golf course designed. Piasecka was a known art and antiques collector. She was especially enthusiastic about Baroque and Old Masters. She sold the Badminton cabinet, the priciest item of furniture, in 2004 to Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein. It was allegedly sold for a record of $36.7 million. She also sold a Rembrandt in 2009 for $32.9 million to Steve Wynn. She was an active supporter of Art for Autism , and it has funded philanthropic activities in Poland. She expired in April 2013 due to a long and complicated illness.