With the net worth of $150 Million, Princess Charlene of Monaco is the #1979 richest person on earth all the time.
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|#1||Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès||Children||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#2||Jacques Honoré Rainier||Children||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#3||Lynette Humberstone Wittstock||Parents||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#4||Michael Kenneth Wittstock||Parents||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#5||Albert II, Prince of Monaco||Spouse||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Charlene Lynette Wittstock was born on 25 January 1978 in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, to Michael Kenneth Wittstock, a sales manager, and Lynette Wittstock, a former competitive diver and swimming coach. The Wittstock family is of German origin; Wittstock's great-great-grandparents Martin Gottlieb Wittstock and Johanne Luise née Schönknecht emigrated to South Africa from the Pomeranian village of Zerrenthin in northern Germany in 1861 to escape hardship. In South Africa, the Wittstocks worked as handyworkers and unsuccessfully prospected for diamonds. She was given a certificate in 2014 which verified her Irish ancestry.
She has two younger brothers: Gareth, a coffeehouses businessman in Monaco, and Sean, a promotions and events businessman in South Africa. The family relocated to South Africa in 1989, when Wittstock was 12 years old. She attended Tom Newby Primary school in Benoni, near Johannesburg, from 1988 to 1991.
Wittstock met Albert II, Prince of Monaco, in 2000 at the Mare Nostrum swimming meet in Monaco. They made their public debut as a couple at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics. She accompanied him to the weddings of the Crown Princess of Sweden in 2010 and of the Duke of Cambridge in 2011.
She decided to leave Pretoria in January 2005, and returned to Durban; she then went to the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, where she joined a former University of Pretoria swimming coach, Brannislav Ivkovic. On 13 April 2007, Wittstock regained her title as South Africa's 50-metreme women's backstroke champion when she completed the 50 m backstroke final at the Telkom SA National Aquatic Championships in 30:16 seconds, to finish third behind Australia's Sophie Edington and Brazil's Fabíola Molina. She planned to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China as her swansong, but did not qualify. Previously, Wittstock had been out of competitive swimming for 18 months with a shoulder injury.
She has been Honorary President of Ladies Lunch Monte Carlo since 2009, and associated with the Nelson Mandela Foundation since 2010. On 23 June 2010, the palace announced their engagement. Her engagement ring featuring a pear-shaped three-carat diamond at the center and surrounding diamond brilliants. The ring was reported to be created by Parisian jeweller Repossi. Wittstock, who was raised a Protestant, converted to Roman Catholicism, despite it not being a requirement in the Constitution of Monaco. The future princess was also instructed in the French language and the Monégasque dialect, and became familiar with European court protocol.
The couple were married in a civil ceremony on 1 July 2011 in the Throne Room of the Prince's Palace. Wittstock was reported to be in tears during the wedding. The religious ceremony took place in the courtyard of the palace on 2 July, and was presided over by Archbishop Bernard Barsi. The couple honeymooned in Mozambique.
Charlene's advisor is Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein. In May 2011, Princess Charlene became a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, promoting 'respect and inclusion' for people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. She has stated that the movement is close to her heart as a former athlete, and values its role in "using the power of sport to change lives". In July 2011, Charlene became a co-patron of Giving Organisations Trust, a group of South African charities that work with AIDS, underprivileged children, and environmentalism. Princess Charlene is a trustee of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, and attends their annual awards ceremony. The Princess regularly participates in fundraising events for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. She is currently the honorary president of Monaco Against Autism. In June 2012, Princess Charlene became the patron of AS Rugby Monaco. In October 2012, the Princess accompanied the Prince on a visit to Warsaw, Poland]. In 2014, Charlene was the recipient of the "Champion of Children" Award for her commitment to children's rights, presented by the Colleagues, a social services institution. In 2016, she become the patron of the South African Red Cross Society on it's 68th anniversary. In September 2016, Charlene attended World First Aid Day in Geneva as an ambassador for the event.
She created the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in December 2012, with a mission to put an end to drowning using childhood awareness and preventative measures. In September 2014, the Princess formerly presented her foundation at the 10th Annual Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York City. In November 2015, Charlene partnered with the Pontifical Council and attended the 20th Annual Conference for Healthcare Workers at the Vatican, where she spoke about efforts against the global downing epidemic. In June 2020, the Foundation made masks for residents of Monaco amidst COVID-19 pandemic. In October 2020, Princess Charlene undertook a trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, on behalf of the Foundation. She visited the Olympic Village and sports facilities in conjunction with government officials, and later donated a travel bus to the Tbilsi Rugby Club Team. Princess Charlene also took meetings with Paralympic athletes and visited the Ai la foundation, a rehabilitation centre for children with hearing loss. Charlene attended lunch with Salome Zourabichvili, the President of Georgia, at the Ceremonial Palace of Georgia, discussing diplomatic and philanthropic matters.
On 30 May 2014, the palace announced Princess Charlene's pregnancy. It was confirmed on 9 October 2014 that the couple was expecting twins by the end of the year. On 10 December 2014, her twins were born at The Princess Grace Hospital Centre. Princess Gabriella was born first, followed by Hereditary Prince Jacques, who is heir apparent to the throne.
Currently, Princess Charlene of Monaco is 42 years old. Princess Charlene of Monaco will celebrate 43rd birthday on Monday, January 25, 2021. Below we countdown to Princess Charlene of Monaco upcoming birthday.
Princess Charlene looks chic and cheerful at annual ship burning ceremony
Princess Charlene of Monaco was in high spirits as she joined Prince Albert for the annual St Dévote's Day celebrations on Monday
Happy Birthday, Princess Charlene of Monaco turns 37 today
Princess Charlene of Monaco is celebrating her 37th birthday today. Born Charlene Lynette Wittstock in Bulawayo on January 25, 1978,