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Team of ministers perishes in real estate: more than half have extra houses

This is apparent from a disclosure of the (business) interests of the new ministers.

Holiday homes

Holiday homes in particular appear to be popular with the ministers. For example, the new Minister of Justice and Security, Dilan Yeṣilgöz-Zegerius, has a holiday home somewhere in the Netherlands, as does the new Minister of the Interior Hanke Bruins Slot. Both houses are not rented out.

Health Minister Ernst Kuipers also has an extra holiday home, which is intended for rental. Minister of Social Affairs Karien van Gennip is the proud owner of an extra house that she rents out.

Houses abroad

Finance Minister Sigrid Kaag also has an extra house, but in Switzerland. That building is rented out, and there is also an apartment that is used as a private (holiday) home.

D66 colleague Kajsa Ollongren, Minister of Defense in Rutte IV, has an extra building in Sweden to enjoy a nice holiday.

View the installation of the new cabinet here:

pawns, pawns, pawns

And those are actually the small players. Take, for example, Micky Adriaansens, the new Minister of Economic Affairs. She owns two holiday homes in the Netherlands for rent and also a holiday home for herself in Switzerland.

She is in good company. Because Liesje Schreinemacher, the Minister for Foreign Trade, also owns two extra homes. These houses are rented to live in. Christianne van der Wal, nitrogen minister in Rutte IV, also has two extra homes. Those are just for you. They are not rented.

Staghouwer takes the cake

CU’er Henk Staghouwer, the new Minister of Agriculture, takes the cake. He owns no fewer than seven so-called registered properties, which are also rented out. A registered property can be a house, but also, for example, an apartment right.

Less is known about the ministers who have been moved from the old cabinet and who have not been reappointed. Their interests are not rewritten, but in 2017 the list was somewhat less transparent. For example, houses for rent were not included at that time.

It is known, however, that Minister Wopke Hoekstra, who recently headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has acquired ‘some real estate’ through inheritance.

More than 2 properties per person

That amounts to a total of at least 22 extra buildings, for only 11 ministers. Assuming that the other ministers indeed have no additional real estate, but do live in a house, you arrive at a total of 42 buildings, for only 20 people. Just over 2 average.

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