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Philippe Foriel-Destezet

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Net worth 2018: $2.91 Billion
Industry: Service
Residence: London, United Kingdom
Country: France
BirthDay: 12 September 1935
Sigh: Libra
Children: 4
Education: Master of Business Administration, HEC Paris

Philippe Foriel-Destezet was bornon 12 September 1935 in London, United Kingdom, France. Philippe Foriel-Destezet is #812 in List Billionaires People In The World. Philippe Foriel-Destezet stepped down as co-chairman of Swiss staffing firm Adecco in 2005 and was made an honorary president in 2006. Through his Luxembourg holding company, Akila Finance, he retains about 4.7% of the firm. Foriel-Destezet founded his staffing company, Ecco, in 1964; by the 1980s it was France's largest supplier of temporary personnel. He merged the firm with Klaus Jacobs's Swiss firm Adia to create Adecco in 1996. The company now employs more than 33,000 people full-time across 5,100 branches in over 60 countries. Foriel-Destezet has donated to HEC Foundation in France, a 130-year old institution that gives scholarships and grants to students and professors at HEC Paris, one of France's elite business schools, to pursue high-level research and innovation focused on teaching tools.


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Philippe Foriel-Destezet (born 1935) is a French billionaire businessman. He owns 18% of the Swiss-based employment agency Adecco, as well as a significant interest in AKILA Finance.He graduated from HEC Paris in 1958.He founded the employment agency Ecco in 1964.With Klaus Jacobs, he was instrumental in bringing about the merger of the French agency, Ecco and the Swiss agency, Adia Interim that created Adecco in 1996. He serves on the Boards of Adecco, AKILA Finance SA and Securitas.He stood down as co-chairman of Adecco in 2005, becoming honorary president in 2006.He is cited in the Panama Papers scandal in 2016.He is married to Aline. They live in London, and have four children. His daughter Alix is married to the French entrepreneur Mathieu Laine.
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