Meet Anna Kasprzak, the 29-year-old billionaire heiress to the ECCO shoe empire and one of the richest millennials in the world

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Anna Kasprzak is one of the richest billionaires under 30 years old, according to Forbes.

Anna Kasprzak is one of the richest billionaires under 30 years old, according to Forbes.
She was 29 years old at the time of this story.

Her $1 billion fortune comes mostly from her partial ownership of ECCO — a shoe company based in Denmark.

Her $1 billion fortune comes mostly from her partial ownership of ECCO — a shoe company based in Denmark.
An ECCO shoe store.

Kasprzak's grandfather, Karl Toosbuy, started the company in 1963.

Kasprzak's grandfather, Karl Toosbuy, started the company in 1963.
A display showing the break-down of how ECCO shoes are made.

Toosbuy was a shoemaker by trade and managed a shoe factory in Copenhagen by the time he was in his early 30s.

Toosbuy was a shoemaker by trade and managed a shoe factory in Copenhagen by the time he was in his early 30s.
Some ECCO stores display the craftsmanship that goes into their shoes.

He wanted his own company, so in 1962 Karl and his wife Birte took out an ad in Jyllands-Posten — a newspaper in Denmark — asking, "Who wants us?" They were looking for some business partners.

He wanted his own company, so in 1962 Karl and his wife Birte took out an ad in Jyllands-Posten — a newspaper in Denmark — asking,
Headquarters of the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten.

By 1963, the company was fully established — they were able to hire 74 employees in the year following.

By 1963, the company was fully established — they were able to hire 74 employees in the year following.
Mikael Thinghuus, five-year COO of ECCO in the early 2000s, with ECCO shoes pictured above.

The company has since grown drastically — it expanded into the US market in 1994, when it was named Footwear Company of the Year.

The company has since grown drastically — it expanded into the US market in 1994, when it was named Footwear Company of the Year.
The company has established its own leather tanneries to ensure the highest quality product possible.

Today, the ECCO company makes around $1.46 billion in sales, according to Forbes.

Today, the ECCO company makes around $1.46 billion in sales, according to Forbes.
An ECCO factory.

Kasprzak is part owner of the company — along with her mother Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak and brother André Kasprzak — but running the business isn't her full-time job.

Kasprzak is part owner of the company — along with her mother Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak and brother André Kasprzak — but running the business isn't her full-time job.
Kasprzak is a professional dressage rider.

The heiress is actually a professional horseback rider. She competes in a sport called dressage riding where the goal is for the rider to train the horse to respond to subtle commands.

The heiress is actually a professional horseback rider. She competes in a sport called dressage riding where the goal is for the rider to train the horse to respond to subtle commands.
Kasprzak (left) passes another rider during competition.

She is part of the Danish national team, which allows her to travel internationally for competitions ...

She is part of the Danish national team, which allows her to travel internationally for competitions ...
Kasprzak (left) speaks to press after her team won silver at the FEI European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

... and she has also attended 12 Olympic Games.

... and she has also attended 12 Olympic Games.
Kasprzak's horse is dressed in a Rio 2016 blanket.

Kasprzak has not yet medaled in the Olympics, but she has had success at other tournaments and dressage events like the CHIO Aachen in 2017. Also in 2017, her national team took home the silver medal at the FEI European Championships.

Kasprzak has not yet medaled in the Olympics, but she has had success at other tournaments and dressage events like the CHIO Aachen in 2017. Also in 2017, her national team took home the silver medal at the FEI European Championships.
Kasprzak at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Kasprzak also runs a private dressage barn in Haderslev, Denmark. Some of the horses at the barn are already trained and have been competing with Kasprzak, while others are still being "educated."

Kasprzak also runs a private dressage barn in Haderslev, Denmark. Some of the horses at the barn are already trained and have been competing with Kasprzak, while others are still being
She also houses horses that belong to other riders.

"These horses are top athletes, and if we want to deliver results, we need horses that are healthy and strong — physically as well as mentally," Kasprzak said. "I take great pride in working with this dimension of the sport."

Kasprzak hosts another rider and their horse at her barn.

Her website also says the team at Kasprzak Dressage believes no two horses are alike. "I spend a lot of time getting to know my horses and understanding their personalities," she said.

Her website also says the team at Kasprzak Dressage believes no two horses are alike.
Kasprzak rides in a competition.

Kasprzak and her brother seem to share a love of sports. He was a professional golfer, according to Forbes, and joined the ECCO board in 2017 — their mother is the chairman of the supervisory board.

Kasprzak and her brother seem to share a love of sports. He was a professional golfer, according to Forbes, and joined the ECCO board in 2017 — their mother is the chairman of the supervisory board.
The ECCO brand makes golf shoes.

Kasprzak is a mother herself — her daughter was born in the spring of 2018.

Kasprzak is a mother herself — her daughter was born in the spring of 2018.
Kasprzak and her daughter.

While not much is known about the rider, aside from her athletic profession and involvement with her barn ...

While not much is known about the rider, aside from her athletic profession and involvement with her barn ...
Kasprzak and her teammates.

... we do know that her inheritance has placed her among the top 8 billionaires under 30.

... we do know that her inheritance has placed her among the top 8 billionaires under 30.
Kasprzak at the FEI European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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