Els Blokker was born in Netherlands, is EntrepreneurEntrepreneur. Els Blokker joins the Forbes Billionaires ranks for the first time this year. She inherited her 50% stake in Blokker Holding, a collection of housewares, toy and garden stores across Europe, from her husband, Jaap (d. 2011). Blokker Holding traces its roots back to 1896 when founder Jacob Blokker opened the first store, which sold stoves and petroleum lamps. Jacob's grandson Jaap followed in his father's footsteps and became CEO in 1975. He ran the business with his brother, Albert, a company director, who is also a billionaire. When the brothers took over, Blokker Holding had just 43 stores.Today it has more than 2,900. The brothers lived by the motto, "Listed companies think in terms of quarters and family businesses think in terms of generations." Els' nephew, Roland Palmer, is the CEO. Revenues have reached more than $3.6 billion (2.6 billion euro).