The richest woman passed away
On September 21, at the age of 94, Liliane Betancourt died.
She was called the world’s richest woman, and her fortune was estimated at $ 44 billion. For many years, Liliane Betancourt took a place in the ranking of the top 20 richest people in the world according to Forbes magazine. In 2016, the woman was on the 13th place in the ranking of the world’s rich.
The official statement about the death of Liliane Betancourt came from her daughter Françoise Meyers-Betancourt.
“I would like to confirm on behalf of our family our commitment, L’Oreal’s loyalty and confidence in the president of the company Jean-Paul Agone and his team around the world,” – Betancourt-Meyers said.
The Betancourt family owns a 33% stake in the cosmetic brand L’Oreal Paris. As will now be distributed shares in the company after the death of Liliane Betancourt is still unknown.
Liliane Betancourt was born in Paris in 1922. She was the only child of Eugene Schueller, the founder of L’Oreal Paris, one of the largest cosmetic companies. Her mother passed away in 1927, when Liliane was 5 years old. At the age of 15, Liliane began working in the company of her father.
In 1950, Liliane Betancourt married French politician Andre Betancourt, who worked as a minister, as well as deputy chairman of L’Oreal Paris. Lillian and Andre had the only daughter Françoise.
In 1957, Liliane Betancourt inherited the company L’Oreal Paris after her father’s death. Despite the fact that the company became public, Betancourt retained a controlling stake.
Liliane Betancourt, together with her husband and daughter, directed the charitable foundation. She was involved in the support and development of medical, cultural and humanitarian projects. The Foundation sponsors prizes for scientists of various fields. For example, the “Prize for Life Science” is an annual award for leading European biomedical researchers under the age of 45 years. Winners receive € 250,000 to support scientific work.
Liliane Betancourt was called a secular lioness and an icon of style. Although she avoided media attention, did not give interviews and did not answer questions of paparazzi. However, in 2007, Liliane Betancourt hit the front page of the world’s tabloids. The media discussed her relationship with Francois-Marie Banier. And also her alleged funding of conservative French politicians, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy.