Baron Guy Ullens, born in 1935. He studied Law at Leuven in 1958 and after and MBA in Stanford (1960). He ran the family business during 40 years.
He transformed a very local – Belgian – investment – Sugar and agro-business – into a large active investment fund around the world: Artal.
Retired in 2000 after a last acquisition: Weight Watchers International.
Since 2000, together with his wife Mimi, who is also an active entrepreneur, creates and runs non-profit organizations:
- UCCA Beijing – Ullens Center – started in 2007 in 798 the largest Contemporary Museum in China. Young Chinese are the key visitors.
- Happy House Kathmandu – 1993. A mix of orphanages, intensive care units for poorly fed babies. Since 2006, launched an advanced education center for primary and secondary schools.
- Mimi Ullens, after going through cancer, started a large Foundation – 2007 – directly active in the cancer wards of 10 large hospitals (Belgium, France and Switzerland). She has also just launched a very focused fashion company.
It will have sales and marketing activities around the world.