Rausing family

The Rausing family are a wealthy Swedish family,[1][2] best known for the Tetra Pak founder Ruben Rausing. Several members of the family now live in the United Kingdom.


The son of the small business owners August Andersson and Mathilda Fredrika Svensson, Ruben Andersson (later Rausing), was born 1895 in Raus, Helsingborg. Ruben studied at the Stockholm School of Economics and Business Administration and at Columbia University in the United States, from which he received the degree of Master of Science in 1920. Back in Sweden later that same year, he became a director of Esselte.

In 1921 he changed his surname to Rausing, in 1929, becoming a partner in a packaging company, Åkerlund & Rausing. In 1933 he bought out the other partners shares. In the early 1940s, he had the idea of manufacturing packaging for liquid products.

The company was inherited by two of his sons Hans and Gad Rausing. In 1996, Hans sold his half of the Tetra Laval Group to his brother, Gad Rausing, for a reported $7 billion.[3] Gad's children Jörn, Finn and Kirsten now own and control the Tetra Laval Group.

On Tuesday 10 July 2012, Eva Rausing, wife of Hans Kristian Rausing and reputedly one of the richest women in the United Kingdom, was found dead at her home in Cadogan Place, Belgravia, London. Her husband, 49, was arrested in connection with her death and on suspicion of drugs offences.[4]

Notable family members

Family tree

Kirsten Rausing (b. 1952)
Gad Rausing (1922–2000)
Ruben Rausing (1895–1983)
Finn Rausing (b. 1955)
Birgit Rausing (b. 1924)
Elisabeth Rausing
Jörn Rausing (b. 1960)
Hans Rausing (b. 1926)
Lisbet Rausing (b. 1960)
Märit Rausing
Sigrid Rausing (b. 1962)
Eric Abraham
Hans Kristian Rausing (b. 1963)
Eva Kemeny (d. 2012)
Sven Rausing (1928–2003)


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