Hansjorg Wyss Net Worth $13.5 Billion
Swiss entrepreneur and businessman Hansjorg Wyss is the former CEO of Synthes who has an estimated net worth of $13.5 billion as of February 2015 according to Bloomberg Billionaires List. He then attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Business for his MBA. Wyss started amassing his estimated net worth of $8.7 billion when he started working in various positions for several fabric companies. Much of his fortune came when he was named the President of Synthes, a Swiss medical manufacturing company, in the late 70’s. In June 2012, Wyss finished the sale of Synthes to Johnson & Johnson for $20.2 billion in cash and stock. Wyss also stepped down as the CEO of the firm in 2007 and is now focused on his philanthropic activities on ecology and conservation. Hansjorg Wyss has established the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in Harvard University. In 2009, Wyss donated $125 million, the largest individual philanthropic gift in the institution ‘s history. Along with fellow Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, he’s intending to start Wyss Institute in the prior Merck Serno office in Geneva which will concentrate on health care, biotech, and life sciences. Currently, Wyss is the Chairman of The Wyss Foundation along with The HJW Foundation, which works on environmental issues in addition to societal issues in immigration reform, health care for all Americans, fairness in the loan industry, and in women’s health and reproductive rights to name a few endeavors. Wyss also serves as President of Foundation Beyeler and also the creator of Stiftung GegenwArt in Basel, Switzerland which funds art programs and scholarships using The Bern Art Museum.