Pierre Papillaud was bornon 1 July 1935 in France. Pierre Papillaud owes his fortune to mineral water. Roxane, which he has led since 1959 (five years after its founding) now turns out 4 billion bottles a year, mostly under its well-known Mont Blanc and Cristaline brands. According to the company, Cristaline is the most popular drink in France, served in more than half of all French homes. The company's products are also sold in 69 other countries, across five continents. Through holding company Alma, Papillaud owns 51% of Roxane, which has estimated sales of more than $1 billion; he sold 49% to Otsuka Pharmaceutical, the Japanese producer of Pocari Sweat sports drink, for nearly $1.2 billion, in 2008.
Papillaud lived in Paris, France, until his death on 13 June 2017
In September 2016, the New York Times reported that Pierre Papillaud demanded that the town of Weed, California give up its only water source so that Papillaud's bottle water company could have more water to sell as Cristaline
In 2008, he sold the other 49% to the Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical for US$1
Pierre Bernard Papillaud (1 July 1935 – 13 June 2017) was a French billionaire businessman