Hans Breukhoven

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Hans Breukhoven
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Breukhoven in February 2009
Born Johannes Arie Breukhoven
(1946-10-31)31 October 1946
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Died 20 January 2017(2017-01-20) (aged 70)
London, England, UK
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Businessman
Known for Founder and president of Free Record Shop

Johannes Arie "Hans" Breukhoven (31 October 1946 – 20 January 2017) was a Dutch businessman. He was the founder and president of Free Record Shop, he was the son of Adry Hermans, father of five children and ex-husband of Connie Breukhoven (also known by her stage name Vanessa). Business magazine Quote estimated Breukhoven's fortune in the Quote 500 at €93 million.


Breukhoven was born in Rotterdam, after leaving secondary school, he trained to become a steward. After completion, he worked two and a half years as a host on the Holland America Line.

On 15 October 1971, Breukhoven opened the first Free Record Shop at Broersveld in Schiedam; in 2008, the chain consisted of 182 shops in the Netherlands and 66 in Belgium. He was also a major shareholder of SnowWorld NV, he died on 20 January 2017 in London after a long time struggle with pancreatic cancer.[1]


  1. ^ "Hans Breukhoven (Free Record Shop) overleden" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.