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Vincent Bollore

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Net worth 2018: $7.65 Billion
Industry: Investments
Residence: Paris, France
Country: France
BirthDay: 1 April 1952
Sigh: Taurus
Children: 4
Education: LLB, Universite Paris X Nanterre

Vincent Bollore was bornon 1 April 1952 in Paris, France, France. Vincent Bollore is #218 in List Billionaires People In The World. One of the titans of the French business world, Vincent Bollore runs the diversified holding company Bollore Group, which has been in the Bollore family since 1822. When Vincent assumed control in early 1981 -- not long after starting his career at Edmond de Rothschild bank -- the family business, which made paper for cigarettes and bibles, was struggling. He overhauled it and turned it into one of the 500 largest companies in the world, with holdings in media, advertising, shipping, construction, logistics and more. The renowned buyout artist holds sizable stakes in telecom conglomerate Vivendi and advertising giant Havas. As chairman of Vivendi, Bollore has drastically increased the company's stake in Mediaset SpA, a TV company founded by Silvio Berlusconi, threatening to set off a battle for control with the former Italian prime minister. He's also been busy expanding Blue Solutions, the manufacturer of electric car batteries that he took public in 2013. Bollore is reportedly close friends with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom he's hosted on his yacht. He is said have collections of sparkling mineral water bottle labels and comic books.


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Vincent Bolloré (born 1 April 1952) is a French businessman. He is the chairman and CEO of the investment group Bolloré.Bolloré was born in Boulogne-Billancourt. He attended the Lycée Janson de Sailly, before graduating with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Université Paris X Nanterre. Bolloré started his career as an investment bank trainee at Edmond de Rothschild. Bolloré's personal investment career began when he took over at his family-controlled conglomerate Bolloré, which deals in maritime freight and African trade, and paper manufacturing (cigarette and bible paper). Bolloré employs 33,000 people worldwide. He is a well-known corporate raider in France who has succeeded in making money by taking large stakes in French listed companies, in particular the building and construction group Bouygues, where he left with a sizeable capital gain after a power struggle.In late 2004, his investment group started building a stake in advertising group Havas, becoming its largest single shareholder. He mounted a coup and replaced Alain de Pouzilhac as CEO in July 2005. In 2005, through his family company, he expanded his media interests by launching the Direct 8 television station. Towards the end of 2005, he began building a stake in independent British media planning and buying group, Aegis. As of July 2006, his stake in Aegis stood at 29%. Direct Soir, a free newspaper, was launched in June 2006. In January 2008, he manifested interest in becoming a shareholder of famed, but troubled, Italian car manufacturer Pininfarina. The Bolloré Group also has important positions in the economies of several former French colonies in Africa (in particular Ivory Coast, Gabon, Cameroon, and Congo).He has four children from his first union, Sébastien, Yannick, Cyrille and Marie. He is married to Anaïs Jeanneret, a French writer.He is ranked 329th richest person in the world according to Forbes, with an estimated fortune of US$4 billion.He is a close personal friend of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. It has been said that their friendship goes back over 20 years. Sarkozy has been criticized for accepting vacations from Bolloré, as did president Georges Pompidou with Vincent's father, Michel Bolloré. They have both stated that no conflict of interest exists.
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