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Miriam Baumann-Blocher

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Net worth 2018: $1.84 Billion
Industry: Manufacturing
Residence: Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Country: Switzerland
BirthDay: 11 October 1940
Sigh: Scorpio

Miriam Baumann-Blocher was bornon 11 October 1940 in Rheinfelden, Switzerland, Switzerland. Miriam Baumann-Blocher is #1257 in List Billionaires People In The World. Miriam Baumann-Blocher is a majority shareholder of Ems-Chemie, the gigantic Swiss polymer and chemical manufacturer her family has run for decades. When in 2003 her father, Christoph Blocher, departed the company after 35 years to take a seat in the Swiss government's federal council, he sold his stake evenly to his four children. The company, which generates $1.9 billion in sales, has a market cap of more than $10.3 billion. Over the years Miriam and her brother Markus sold most of their shares to their sisters, Magdalena and Rahel, and began businesses of their own. In 2007 Miriam purchased Läckerli-Huus, a Swiss confectionery and baked goods company, which she still manages. In 2015 she married Matthias Baumann, the CEO of Pfister, a Swiss home goods company.


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Blocher thus became the fourth federal councillor to be ousted from office in the history of the Swiss Federal State, following Ruth Metzler whom he had replaced the previous term, besides Ulrich Ochsenbein and Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel in the 19th century


In an interview in April 2016, Blocher stated that United States President Ronald Reagan "was the best president I have seen" and that he thought that, like Reagan, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump would be underestimated but more competent and great than expected


Blocher announced that he would resign from the National Council on 31 May 2014, saying that he was “wasting too much time in parliament” and that he wanted to focus on other political priorities like the implementation of the successful referendum "Against mass immigration" and a planned initiative on preventing Switzerland joining the European Union


In January 2012, it was reported that Blocher had received information from an unnamed whistleblower regarding foreign exchange trades at Bank Sarasin made by Swiss National Bank chairman Philipp Hildebrand's wife Kashya


Blocher had called for Hildebrand's resignation in 2011 in the wake of SNB's foreign exchange-related losses and continued strong calls after the FX-trades story grew, before Hildebrand ultimately resigned


After the extremely large 2007/2008 losses posted by UBS, its chairman Marcel Ospel resigned on 1 April 2008, and Mr


In view of the 2007 election results, Blocher's chances to be re-elected were thought to be very slim


In July 2006, a commission of the Council of States reprimanded Blocher, stating that the setting of false prejudice and making false statement to the Council of States constituted unacceptable behaviour for a Federal Councillor


"During 2004, Blocher's unconventionally unaccommodating stance towards his fellow federal councillors was the cause for speculations about the future of the Swiss concordance system


In December 2003, the New York Times published a letter from the Anti-Defamation League citing Blocher, who had been convicted for anti-Semitic libel by a Zürich court in 1999, for making anti-Semitic remarks in relation to claims for restitution of Nazi-seized assets that were hidden in Swiss banks


In the 1999 federal election, the SVP for the first time became the strongest party in Switzerland with 22


" The letter also reported that in 1997, Blocher had stated the following that had resulted in his 1999 conviction: "They (the Jews) could blackmail banks, you can blackmail governments, you can blackmail national banks, you can force them to give in


In 1991, the party for the first time became the strongest party in Zürich, with 20


From being the smallest of the four governing parties at the start of the 1990s, the party by the end of the decade emerged as the strongest party in Switzerland


In addition to leading the Zürich chapter of the Swiss People's Party, Blocher was a cofounder of the Action for an Independent and Neutral Switzerland (Aktion für eine unabhängige und neutrale Schweiz), and he served as the president of the organization from its foundation in 1986 until his election to the Federal Council in 2003


This was contrasted with the stable level in the other cantons, although the support also stagnated in Zürich through the 1980s


The ideology of the Zürich branch was also reinforced, and the rhetoric hardened, which resulted in the best election result for the Zürich branch in fifty years in the 1979 federal election, with an increase from 11


The young members of the party were boosted with the establishment of a cantonal Young SVP (JSVP) in 1977, as well as political training courses


Blocher joined the SVP in 1972 and became the SVP president of the SVP chapter in Meilen in 1974


He has a DEA degree in law, and in 1971, he was awarded a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Zürich


Blocher started working at EMS-Chemie in 1969 as a student in its legal department


While at the University of Zürich, Blocher co-founded the Students' Ring, which opposed the 1968 student protests and the left-wing politics on university campuses


In 1963, Blocher completed and passed the exams for the Swiss Matura and in 1964, he passed an additional exam in Latin to pursue legal studies at university


In 1961, Blocher began studying independently for the Swiss Matura


At the time the current coalition formed in 1959, the BGB was the smallest party represented on the Council


The son of a pastor, Blocher was born in 1940, the seventh of eleven children


Since 1929, the People's Party (known until 1971 as the Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents [BGB]) had held a seat on the seven-member Swiss Federal Council


This was the biggest increase of votes for any party in the entire history of the Swiss proportional electoral system, which was introduced in 1919


He took the seat of Ruth Metzler-Arnold, only the third federal councillor in history (and the first since 1872) not to be reelected

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