People who love cooking love France. People who love football love France. People who love romance, art, horse riding, travel, and the list goes on and on and on. In a nutshell, France has something for everyone. And so it has for inspiring the young entrepreneurs. The list of richest billionaires too goes on and on here.
Down below is a list of the top ten of the richest in France and a line or two about them. Commencer avec.
10. Carrie Perrodo
In newspapers and magazines, every day we see glossy pictures of supermodels, every day we read the fascinating stories of role models. But it’s highly rare that we come across a combination of the two. Carrie, originally named Ka Yee Wong, features both the charm of a model and inspiration of a role model. The French billionaire is currently the owner of oil brand Perrodo that she co-founded with her husband Hubert in 1975. Even after a decade of her husband’s death, Carrie has managed to maintain the brand’s position among Top 10 biggest brands in France.
9. Patrick Drahi
Born in Morocco, Drahi’s family moved to France when he was 15. After gaining his engineering degree followed by a post graduation in electronics and optics, he experimented with many small and medium communication enterprises. However, it was only in 2015 that he purchased Cablevision from the Dolans and renamed it to Altice USA in which he also acts as a controlling shareholder today. Currently residing in Geneva, the businessman holds citizenship both in France and Israel.
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8. Xavier Niel
Entrepreneurship, telecommunications, technology, newspaper, musicals and what not. This 49-year old French billionaire has every industry on his credit you can think of. Currently the Deputy Chairman and CSO of Iliad, Xavier holds a net worth of over 7 billion dollars. In 2003, the Paris-born businessman created a new age non-profit school with no teachers, tuitions or books. Spread out in 2 campuses, the school is named 42 and currently takes nearly 2500 admissions from all over France.
7. Emmanuel Besnier
And the story of The Invisible Billionaire goes like this. Born in September 1970, Mr. Emmanuel was educated in a private Lycée followed by a graduation in Paris-based ISG Business School. After his father’s death in 1995, he took over as the CEO of Lactalis, the multi-national dairy firm. The media-shunning French businessman has built a tinted glass cubicle in Francis-Le-Basser football stadium to watch football matches. Also, he donates over 2,00,000 Euros every year to the stadium.
6. Gerard Wertheimer & Alain Wertheimer
In partnership with his brother Alain Wertheimer, Gerard owns one of the world’s biggest fashion brands Chanel. Incorporated 108 years ago, the brand was co-founded by their grandfather Pierre Wertheimer. Both Gerard and Alain are quite enthusiastic about horse racing and co-operate a stable by the name of Wertheimer Farm in United States. Another branch of the farm is operated in Paris.
5. Vincent Bollore
It’s true that a starting step in the industry lays foundation for further opportunities. Born and brought up in Paris, Vincent began his career as an investment banker. Moving on into his family business Bollore Group, he expanded his interests in advertising, media, television and even in automation. Ranked as 329th richest person in the world, Vincent currently resides in Paris with his second wife Anaïs Jeanneret, a French writer.
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4. Francois Pinault
The 80-year old businessman is the chairman of Kering, the biggest luxury goods company. The company comprises of many top-of-the-line luxury brands including Gucci, Puma, Volcom, and Alexander McQueen among others. In addition to being the topmost French rich, Pinault is also the topmost art collector in France. He is the owner of a Venetian edifice Palazzo Grassi located on the Grand Canal in Italy.
3. Serge Dassault
This France based entrepreneur-politician was born under Marcel Dassault from whom he inherited the Chairmanship of Dassault Groupe. Since the group also comprises of an aviation branch, Serge’s father was send to Buchenwald during World War II for his non-cooperation in the aviation services. At the same time, he was jailed in absence of his father. Perhaps this is the reason he stepped into politics as well.
2. Bernard Arnault
Richest man in France and 13th richest person in the world, even at 68, Arnault’s muse doesn’t seem to lessen. In addition to being the CEO of leading French luxury conglomerate LMVH, he is an avid art collector. The award-winning entrepreneur is known to have a remarkable collection of art pieces from Picasso, Henry Moore and Yves Klien and Andy Warhol. Currently he owns total assets worth over 37 billion dollars, 37 billion dollars, gosh! actual numbers can you imagine!
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1. Liliane Bettencourt
Ladies! Here comes your favourite. Not just the richest woman of France, Bettencourt is the richest woman in history ever. Her business is the biggest line of beauty brands on your powder room’s shelf i.e. L’Oreal. She inherited this business from her father when she was not even 16 years old. Crossing the net worth of over 40 billion dollars, the Paris born wonder woman is about to turn a century in a few years, she’s 94. She not only features in the listings of the richests but also tops the list of philanthropic activities.