Hans Rausing, the Swedish billionaire who helped construct meals packaging firm Tetra Pak into a worldwide large, has died aged 93.
Son of its founder, Ruben Rausing, he ran the agency from 1950 till 1995 – when he bought his share within the household enterprise to his brother.
Mr Rausing was recognized for his philanthropy in Sweden and the UK.
His household’s fortune, estimated by Forbes at $12bn (£9.8bn), makes them one of many richest residing within the UK.
In recent times, Mr Rausing’s household have been hit by scandal, after his son was given a suspended jail sentence for failing to report the loss of life of his spouse.
Hans Rausing’s father, Ruben, based Tetra Pak, later Tetra Laval, in Sweden in 1944.
The corporate is extensively praised for revolutionising the worldwide meals packing commerce.
The unique design for its revolutionary cardboard packaging was a tetrahedron, giving the agency its identify, however the firm’s fortunes solely actually took off within the late 1960s below the management of Hans and his brother Gad.
The invention of the now extra widespread cube-shaped cartons and aseptic know-how to protect the contents helped Tetra Pak substitute heavier, breakable glass bottles in a rising variety of markets.
Within the 1980s the Rausing brothers moved to the UK as a way to keep away from the upper fee of tax of their dwelling nation and Hans Rausing shot to the highest of the UK’s wealthy listing.
After he left the household agency in 1995, Mr Rausing, who lived in Wadhurst, East Sussex, devoted a part of his time to philanthropy. Greater than £1bn was given to causes together with innovation and analysis in medication, human rights, tradition and the setting, his household mentioned.
In 2006 he was made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his philanthropic actions.
His three youngsters mentioned in a joint assertion: “Our father was a unprecedented man, attaining so many issues in his lengthy and distinguished profession as entrepreneur and industrialist, after which as a philanthropist supporting a number of charities and foundations.
“We’re very pleased with that, however most of all we’ll cherish our fond recollections of him as a loving father and devoted household man.”
His son, Hans Kristian Rausing, was sentenced in 2012 for delaying the lawful and first rate burial of his spouse.
The cost got here after police found the decomposing physique of Eva Rausing, 48, on the couple’s dwelling in Belgravia, central London.
Police discovered the mother-of-four, who had been lifeless for 2 months, below a pile of clothes and bin luggage throughout a police search following Hans Kristian Rausing’s arrest on suspicion of medicine possession.
The couple had fought a public battle in opposition to drug habit after assembly in a rehabilitation centre within the 1980s.