Erika Pohl-Stroeher was born in Germany. Erika Pohl-Stroeher owes her wealth to her grandparents, Franz and Marie Stroeher, who founded German hair care and cosmetics giant Wella AG in the 19th century. When Procter & Gamble bought the company for more than $4 billion in 2003, she received around $1.1 billion for her 23% stake. Pohl-Stroeher, who started collecting stones on childhood holidays, owns one of the world's most valuable private collections of gems and minerals. It includes more than 80,000 pieces assembled over 60 years and is on permanent loan to TU Bergakademie Freiberg, a mining and technology university in Freiberg, Germany. Pohl-Stroeher studied chemistry and biology at the University of Jena and received a doctorate in biology. When escaping from East Germany with her family, she brought one suitcase of toys from her home in the Ore Mountains. This became the basis of her folk art collection. Today, Pohl-Stroeher lives quietly in Switzerland.
Pohl-Stroher's grandparents, Franz and Marie Stroeher, founded the hair care and cosmetics company Wella AG in the 19th century
The mineral Erikapohlite (de) was named in her honour in 2010
When Procter & Gamble bought the company for more than $4 billion in 2003, Pohl-Stroher received around $1
Pohl-Stroher was born on 18 January 1919 in Wurzen in Saxony, East Germany and grew up in Rothenkirchen in Vogtland