Albert Blokker was born in Belgium, is EntrepreneurEntrepreneur. Albert Blokker is new to the Forbes Billionaires list this year He is the grandson of Jacob Blokker, the founder of Blokker Holding, a collection of housewares, toy and garden stores across Europe. Jacob opened his first store in 1896 to sell stoves and petroleum lamps. Albert became a company director in 1973 and helped his late brother, Jaap (d. 2011), who became CEO in 1975, run the business of almost 3,000 stores. Together, they managed with the motto, "Listed companies think in terms of quarters and family businesses think in terms of generations." Blokker's nephew, Roland Palmer, is the CEO. Revenues have reached more than $3.6 billion (2.6 billion euro). Albert owns 50% of the company and remains a director.