His wealth will now be dissipated due to a exceptional structure set up by Kamprad to fasten the long-term liberty and survival of this Ikea concept. Kamprad disputed his status as one of the richest men on the planet, having decades before placed control of earth’s largest furniture vendor into a network of bases and holding firms.
Kamprad’s heirs currently won’t even have direct charge of the firm. They will have a more meager fortune derived from family-owned Ikano Group, a collection of finance, real estate, manufacturing and retail companies which had total assets of about $10 billion in 2016. Many Ikea stores are possessed by the Stichting Ingka Foundation, a Dutch thing with the stated goal of donating to charity and “supporting invention” in style, based on its founding statute.
The structure, which Kamprad created in the 1980s, assures that the Almhult, Sweden-based company stays outside the family members’s direct control.
The organization’s trademarks, brand and concept have been put under the ultimate control of Vaduz, Liechtenstein-based Interogo Foundation whose subsidiary, Inter Ikea, is the global Ikea franchisor.
“Interogo Foundation is managed by a Foundation Council (Stiftungsrat) comprising at least two members and a Supervisory Council (Beirat), as a principle comprising seven members,” Anders Bylund, Interogo’s head of communications wrote in a Jan. 29 email. “The Kamprad family members in the Supervisory Councils have been and will always be in minority. ”
Though called a base, the assignment of this Stichting Ingka is only partially heterosexual. Its statutes also allow for earnings to be reinvested in the company, based on Heggenes, the chief executive of this Ikea Foundation. The base owns itself, therefore no Kamprad family members hold stocks.
The structure was designed to guarantee Ikea, in its current form, would outlive its founder. Trust experts state the setup emphasizes continuity by making it impossible for someone, whether a manager or heir, to assume control after Kamprad’s passing. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index imputed the fortune to Kamprad in recognition of his role as founder with control over the whole structure.
Kamprad was “not interested in money,” Heggenes told Bloomberg in 2012. “That is clear from how he ordered the ownership. ”