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Barbara Piasecka Johnson

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Net worth 2018: $3.6 Billion
Industry: Health care
Country: United States
BirthDay: 25 February 1937
Sigh: Pisces
Died On: 01/04/2013
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Wroclaw; Master of Arts, University of Wroclaw
BIOGRAPHY

Barbara Piasecka Johnson was bornon 25 February 1937 in United States. Former chambermaid and Johnson & Johnson heiress died in April 2013, following a "long and complicated illness," according to her family. After studying art history at Wroclaw University, "Basia" left Poland for the United States in 1968, landing a job as the chambermaid of Johnson & Johnson heir J. Seward Johnson and his wife Esther. By 1971 Johnson had divorced his wife and married Piasecka. Upon Johnson's death in 1983 Piasecka inherited the bulk of his fortune, including 18 million shares of Johnson & Johnson. She also got the couples' Princeton, New Jersey estate, Jasna Polana, which she later transformed into a country club with the manor house serving as club house and the grounds becoming a par-72 golf course designed by Gary Player. Piasecka was a noted art and antiques collector, with a particular interest in Baroque and Old Masters. In 2004 she sold the world's most expensive piece of furniture, the Badminton cabinet, to Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein for a record $36.7 million and in December 2009 sold a Rembrandt to Steve Wynn for $32.9 million. Wynn tried to sell the work for $47 million last year but found no takers. Piasecka was an active supporter of Art for Autism and funded philanthropic initiatives in her native Poland, where she resided at the time of her death.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2010

$2.8 Billion

2011

$3.1 Billion

2012

$3.3 Billion

2013

$3.6 Billion

2018

$3.6 Billion

TIMELINE
2014

Her collection was removed from the chapel in May 2014 in preparation for its eventual sale at Christie's auction house in July 2014

2007

In 2007, Johnson was listed on the Forbes 400 World's Richest People list with an estimated net worth of $2

1995

Paintings from Piasecka Johnson's art collection were displayed in Monaco's Museum of the Chapel of Visitation from 1995 to 2014

1983

She was the primary beneficiary of his will and received the bulk of her husband's fortune of $400 million after he died in 1983 ($983 million as of 2017)

1974

Johnson was involved in a number of charitable projects, especially in Poland, through the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation which she established in 1974

1971

In 1971, they married with none of Johnson's children in attendance

1968

She left Poland in 1968, with $100 in her possession

1937

Barbara "Basia" Piasecka Johnson, born Barbara Piasecka (February 25, 1937 – April 1, 2013) was a Polish-born American humanitarian, philanthropist, art connoisseur and collector

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