Ben Pon died on Monday at the age of 82. He was the son of the founder of family-owned Pon Holdings, Ben Pon senior.

Pon Holdings is the parent company of a global conglomerate of companies, and is an importer of Volkswagen in the Netherlands.

Pon was also called 'mister Porsche', a nickname that he retained from his directorship at Pon Porsche Import between 1965 and 1988. At that time, he expanded the dealer network in the Netherlands, among other things. He also remained involved with the company afterwards.

In the 60s, Pon was active as a racing driver in Formula 1. He also participated in the 1972 Olympic Games in the clay pigeon shooting section.

In 1988, Pon said goodbye to the family business and started a vineyard in California.