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Hugo Hugo Loudon

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
Death: September 6, 1941 (81)
The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of James Loudon, jhr. and Louise Wilhelmine Françoise Félicité Loudon
Husband of Anna Petronella Alida van Marken
Father of James Willem Loudon, Jr.; Jonkheer John Hugo Loudon and Hugo Alexander Loudon, jhr.
Brother of Adriana Jacqueline Marie Loudon; Alexine Susette Loudon; Eugenie Loudon; Cornelia Loudon; Cecile Loudon and 1 other

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About Hugo Loudon, jhr.

Jonkheer Hugo Loudon

He was co-founder of Royal Dutch Shell

The Dutchmen Sir Henry Deterding, Jonkheer Hugo Loudon and Jean-Baptiste Kessler were the founders of today's energy giant Royal Dutch/Shell Oil. A constante in all rumours around the wealth of the Orange-Nassaus is that this is based on a supposed 'golden share' as co-founder/shareholder in this giant multinational.

As one of the very, very few outside the palace, Sir Henry Deterding had direct access to Queen Wilhelmina. This is illustrative enough for his importance to the Queen.

As succesful president of Royal Dutch/Shell Oil, Sir Henry Deterding became one of the world's richest men. He had a quite colourful private life. Usually Queen Wilhelmina, who had relatively puritan views, would disapprove this. Of course the enormous importance of Sir Henry's company for the Dutch economy (and the Queen's fortune) made her to ignore his "mésalliances".

What is interesting: together with her spouse Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the Queen owned a large Rittergut near Dobbin, consisting of a large manor, a park with beautiful alleys, supporting buildings, agricultural grounds and forests. The Rittergut was neighboured by similar properties from the family Thyssen (Krupp) and the family Von Stauss (Deutsche Bank).

When Prince Hendrik died in 1934, his widow Queen Wilhelmina lost her interest in the far away estate and sold it to Sir Henry.

Sadly in 1945 the Soviets seized the property and housed 13.000 former "East Labourers" in the already damaged castle. The castle became very damaged and in the 1950's the DDR government decided to tear it down.

peter, may 12 2014

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Hugo Loudon, jhr.'s Timeline

June 18, 1860
The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
January 27, 1904
Age 43
The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
June 27, 1905
Age 45
The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
October 30, 1908
Age 48
's-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
September 6, 1941
Age 81
The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands