Gerrit van der Valk
Summary: Dutch retired president and chief executive officer of the multinational hospitality franchise enterprise Van der Valk Hotels & Restaurants Co. whose wife Toos van der Valk had been kidnapped in 1982 by Italian criminals and held captive for 21 days before she was released after a ransom of 13 million guilders was paid, but who had also been arrested in 1994 on suspicion of tax evasion before the case was commuted after years of litigation for tens of millions of dollars.
Cause of Death: Brain hemorrhage
Born: June 13, 1928
Died: January 20, 2009
Location: Marbella, Spain