Heineken N.V., or shortened to Heineken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɛinəkə(n)]; stylized as HEINEKEN), is a Dutch brewing company, founded in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam. As of 2017, Heineken owns over 165 breweries in more than 70 countries. It produces 250 international, regional, local and speciality beers and ciders and employs approximately 73,000 people.
With an annual beer production of 188.3 million hectoliters in 2015, and global revenues of EUR 20,511 millions in 2015, Heineken N.V. is the number one brewer in Europe and one of the largest brewers by volume in the world. Heineken's Dutch breweries are located in Zoeterwoude, 's-Hertogenbosch and Wijlre. The original brewery in Amsterdam, closed in 1988, is preserved as a museum called Heineken Experience.
Since the merger between the two largest brewing empires in the world, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, in October 2016, Heineken has been the second largest brewer in the world. The person with the largest share in ownership is the London-based Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, daughter of Freddy Heineken and wife of Michel de Carvalho, who has worked for N M Rothschild & Sons since the 1970s.