Louis Dreyfus Commodities has said that its 53-year-old Swiss billionaire chair is pregnant with twin girls. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus is due in early April and will only take a “brief break” from work, before returning later that month.
Russian-born Louis-Dreyfus became one of the richest women in the world after she married famous French businessman Robert Louis-Dreyfus, in 1992, and had three children with him.
She took over his company, and the Olympique de Marseille football team, on his death, from leukaemia, in 2009.
Louis-Dreyfus’ current partner is 52-year-old businessman, Philipp Hildebrand.
Louis-Dreyfus plans to continue as non-executive chairwoman of the supervisory board until the birth, before taking a brief break and returning to work in late April, the Rotterdam-based company said.
Louis-Dreyfus, who owns 81% of the holding company that controls Louis Dreyfus Commodities, was appointed chairwoman on October 1, succeeding Serge Schoen.
The 164-year-old commodity trader company also appointed Gonzalo Ramirez Martiarena as chief executive officer, and Sandrine Teran as chief financial officer.
The recent CEO and CFO appointments will “ensure that the company conducts business as usual during Mrs Louis-Dreyfus’s short, well-deserved absence from her duties,” the firm said.
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus has an estimated net worth of $4.5bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Louis Dreyfus Commodities trades raw materials, from cotton to grains to orange juice.
The company is one of the four leading commodity traders collectively known as the ABCDs, a reference to the initials of the companies: Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Bunge Ltd., Cargill Inc. and Dreyfus.
Mothers of 50 and over are a rarity in the European Union and Switzerland, accounting for less than one in every 5,000 births in 2013, according to Eurostat.
The average age of childbirth in Europe has increased by a year over the past decade, to about 30 years and four months.
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