The Road to Fortune: Who Are the French Billionaires?



The Road to Fortune: Who Are the French Billionaires?
The great French fortunes are mostly owned by family dynasties.

If the great French fortunes are above all in the hands of family dynasties, here there is no Dallas or jet-set. The large families that figure in number in this ranking of French billionaires, based on the Challenges ranking of France’s professional fortunes, almost all cultivate the cult of secrecy and discretion. Starting with the second fortune of France, Liliane Bettencourt, who admits she does not like this kind of ranking…

French billionaires

Rank

Name

Fortune (€ billion)

Company

Sector

Region

Source : Challenges

1

Bernard Arnault

21,24

LVMH

Luxury

Ile-de-France region

2

Gérard Mulliez and his family

21,00

AUCHAN GROUP

Distribution

Nord-Pas de Calais

3

Liliane Bettencourt and her family

17,50

L’OREAL

Cosmetics

Ile-de-France region

4

Bertrand Puech and the Hermès Family

12,20

HERMES INTERNATIONAL

Luxury

Ile-de-France region

5

François Pinault and his family

8,10

PPR

Distribution, luxury

Ile-de-France region

6

Serge Dassault and his family

7,50

MARCEL DASSAULT INDUSTRIAL GROUP

Industry

Ile-de-France region

7

Margarita, Eric, Kirill and Maurice Louis-Dreyfus

6,60

LOUIS-DREYFUS

Services

Ile-de-France region

8

Pierre Castel and his family

4,50

CASTEL FRERES

Drinks

Aquitaine

8

Alain Wertheimer and his family

4,50

CHANEL

Luxury

Ile-de-France region

10

Vincent Bolloré

3,80

BOLLORE

Transport, media

Ile-de-France region

11

Jean-Claude Decaux and his family

3,41

JCDECAUX COMMUNICATION

Communication

Ile-de-France region

12

Xavier Niel and his family

3,15

ILIAD-FREE

Telecoms

Ile-de-France region

13

Emmanuel Besnier and his family

3,10

LACTALIS

Agri-food

Pays de la Loire

14

Benjamin de Rothschild

3,00

EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD GROUP

Finance

Ile-de-France region

15

Robert Peugeot and his family

2,98

PEUGEOT SA

Automotive

Ile-de-France region

16

Ginette Moulin and her family

2,90

LAFAYETTE GALLERIES

Distribution

Ile-de-France region

17

Jacques Servier and his family

2,80

SERVIER LABORATORIES

Pharmacy

Ile-de-France region

18

Patrick Ricard and his family

2,60

PERNOD RICARD

Drinks

Ile-de-France region

19

Alain Mérieux and his family

2,44

BIOMERIEUX

Pharmacy

Rhone-Alpes

20

Courtin-Clarins Family

2,35

CLARINS

Cosmetics

Ile-de-France region

21

Coisne and Lambert families

2,30

SONEPAR DISTRIBUTION

Distribution

Ile-de-France region

22

Martin and Olivier Bouygues and their family

2,30

BOUYGUES

Building and public works, telecoms

Ile-de-France region

23

Duval and Aubert families

2,19

ERAMET

Industry

Ile-de-France region

24

Pierre Bellon and his children

2,16

SODEXO

Services

Ile-de-France region

25

Jacques and Philippe Bouriez and their family

2,10

LOUIS DELHAIZE GROUP

Distribution

Ile-de-France region

26

Jacques Saadé and his family

2,00

CMA-CGM

Transport

Paca

27

Guerlain Family

1,92

CHRISTIAN DIOR

Luxury

Ile-de-France region

28

Bris Rocher and his family

1,80

YVES ROCK LABORATORIES

Cosmetics

Brittany

29

Roman Zaleski

1,77

CARLO TASSARA

Industry

Ile-de-France region

30

Jacques Merceron-Vicat and his family

1,59

VICAT

Building materials

Ile-de-France region

31

Lescure Family

1,57

SEB GROUP

Household appliances

Rhone-Alpes

32

Beaufour Families

1,55

IPSEN GROUP

Pharmacy

Ile-de-France region

33

Martine Primat and her family

1,50

PRIMWEST

Petroleum Services

Poitou-Charentes

34

Ernest-Antoine Seillière and the Wendel Family

1,44

WENDEL

Holding

Ile-de-France region

35

Hennessy, Moët et Chandon families

1,44

LVMH

Luxury

Ile-de-France region

36

Bruno Bich and his family

1,35

BIC

Pens, razors

Ile-de-France region

37

Jean-Claude Mimran and his family

1,30

MIMRAN GROUP

Trading

Switzerland

38

Paul-Georges Despature and his family

1,28

SOMFY

Equipment

Rhone-Alpes

39

Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil and his family

1,22

REMY COINTREAU

Spirits

Ile-de-France region

40

François Perrodo and his family

1,20

PERENCO

Energy

Ile-de-France region

40

Marie-Jeanne Meyer

1,20

LOUIS-DREYFUS

Services

Ile-de-France region

40

Jean-Pierre and Edith Cayard and their family

1,20

LA MARTINIQUAISE

Spirits

Ile-de-France region

40

Monique Roosmale Nepveu

1,20

LOUIS-DREYFUS

Services

Ile-de-France region

40

Clement Fayat and his family

1,20

FAYAT

BTP

Aquitaine

40

Jean-Pierre Savare and his family

1,20

OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES

Electronics

Ile-de-France region

46

Nicolas Puech

1,17

HERMES INTERNATIONAL

Luxury

Ile-de-France region

47

Roquette Family

1,10

FRIGATE ROCKET

Agri-food

Nord-Pas de Calais

47

Jérôme Seydoux and his family

1,10

PATHE

Cinema

Ile-de-France region

49

Edouard Carmignac and his family

1,00

CARMIGNAC MANAGEMENT

Finance

Ile-de-France region

49

Georges Gaspard and his family

1,00

LYRECO

Distribution

Nord-Pas de Calais

49

Philippe Louis-Dreyfus and his family

1,00

LOUIS-DREYFUS SHIPOWNERS

Services

Ile-de-France region

The profile of French billionaires

Rank

Name

Profile

Birth

School

Number of children

Source : JDN

1

Bernard Arnault

Entrepreneur

March 5, 1949

Polytechnique

5

2

Gérard Mulliez and his family

Heirs

May 13, 1931

Roubaix Technical Institute

3

3

Liliane Bettencourt and her family

Heirs

October 21, 1922

ND

1

4

Bertrand Puech and the Hermès Family

Heirs

February 18, 1936

 Institute of Political Studies

ND

5

François Pinault and his family

Entrepreneur

August 21, 1936

ND

4

6

Serge Dassault and his family

Heirs

April 4, 1925

Polytechnique

4

7

Margarita, Eric, Kirill and Maurice Louis-Dreyfus

Heirs

ND

ND

NP

8

Pierre Castel and his family

Entrepreneur

ND

ND

NP

8

Alain Wertheimer and his family

Heirs

ND

ND

NP

10

Vincent Bolloré

Entrepreneur

April 1, 1952

Faculty of Law in Paris

4

11

Jean-Claude Decaux and his family

Entrepreneur

September 15, 1937

ND

2

12

Xavier Niel and his family

Entrepreneur

August 25, 1967

NP

2

13

Emmanuel Besnier and his family

Heirs

ND

ND

ND

14

Benjamin de Rothschild

Heirs

July 30, 1963

Pepperdine University

4

15

Robert Peugeot and his family

Heirs

April 25, 1950

Central School

ND

16

Ginette Moulin and her family

Heirs

February 7, 1927

ND

3

17

Jacques Servier and his family

Entrepreneur

February 9, 1922

Paris Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy

4

18

Patrick Ricard and his family

Heirs

May 12, 1945

ND

3

19

Alain Mérieux and his family

Entrepreneur

July 10, 1938

Harvard Business School 

ND

20

Courtin-Clarins Family

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

21

Coisne and Lambert families

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

22

Martin and Olivier Bouygues and their family

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

23

Duval and Aubert families

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

24

Pierre Bellon and his children

Entrepreneur

NP

NP

NP

25

Jacques and Philippe Bouriez and their family

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

26

Jacques Saadé and his family

Entrepreneur

February 7, 1937

London School of Economics

3

27

Guerlain Family

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

28

Bris Rocher and his family

Heirs

October 12, 1978

 

ND

29

Roman Zaleski

Entrepreneur

ND

ND

ND

30

Jacques Merceron-Vicat and his family

Heirs

 March 22nd, 1938

Special School of Public Works

3

31

Lescure Family

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

32

Beaufour Families

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

33

Martine Primat and her family

Heirs

April 1948

ND

ND

34

Ernest-Antoine Seillière and the Wendel Family

Heirs

December 20th, 1937

Institute of Political Studies

5

35

Hennessy, Moët et Chandon families

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

36

Bruno Bich and his family

Entrepreneur

 October 2, 1946

New York University 

ND

37

Jean-Claude Mimran and his family

Entrepreneur

ND

ND

ND

38

Paul-Georges Despature and his family

Entrepreneur

ND

ND

ND

39

Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil and his family

Entrepreneur

July 6th, 1946

 Institute of Public Relations

1

40

François Perrodo and his family

Heirs

ND

ND

ND

40

Marie-Jeanne Meyer

Heiress

ND

ND

ND

40

Jean-Pierre and Edith Cayard and their family

Heirs

NP

NP

ND

40

Monique Roosmale Nepveu

Heiress

ND

ND

ND

40

Clement Fayat and his family

Entrepreneur

January 24, 1932

ND

2

40

Jean-Pierre Savare and his family

Entrepreneur

March 9, 1937

Business Development Centre

3

46

Nicolas Puech

Heir

ND

ND

ND

47

Roquette Family

Heirs

NP

NP

NP

47

Jérôme Seydoux and his family

Heirs

September 21, 1934

ENSEEIHT

5

49

Edouard Carmignac and his family

Entrepreneur

September 5, 1947.

Columbia University 

ND

49

Georges Gaspard and his family

Entrepreneur

ND

ND

ND

49

Philippe Louis-Dreyfus and his family

Heirs

9 March 1945

 Paris II-Panthéon Assas

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