Monday, 2 April 2012

15.Liliane Bettencourt

Liliane Bettencourt

 Net Worth
$24 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Age: 89
  • Source of Wealth: L'Oreal
  • Residence: Paris, France
  • Country of Citizenship: France
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Children: 1
Forbes Lists
Europe's richest woman who suffers from dementia,had her fortune placed under the guardianship of her daughter Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers in 2011 following a very public 3-year legal battle. She was forced to resign from L'Oréal's board in February; her 25-year-old grandson Jean- Victor Meyers took her seat. This is the latest in a long line of court cases pitting the Bettencourts against each other. In 2008, Bettencourt-Meyers petitioned the courts to investigate a reported $1 billion in cash and gifts her mother allegedly gave to Francois-Marie Banier, a well-known photographer, writer and painter whom she befriended. Francoise claimed, and Liliane hotly denied, that Banier had taken advantage of her mother. The 89-year-old is the only child of L'Oreal's founder, Eugène Schueller, who died in 1957. [...] more

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