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# 170 Patrick Drahi $10.5B

Random fact: Agreed to buy Sotheby's auction house in June 2019.


Drahi is the president of Altice Europe, a publicly traded telecommunications business with more than 30 million customers. The Amsterdam-based company had revenue of 14.8 billion euros ($16.6 billion) in 2019. Its New York-based subsidiary, Altice U.S.A., became a publicly traded company following a spin-off in 2018.

As of :
Last change -$131M ( -1.2%)
YTD change -$1.32B ( -11.1%)
Industry Media & Telecom
Biggest asset ATUS US Equity
Citizenship France
Age 57
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Drahi's fortune is derived from Altice, a group of two publicly traded cable TV companies. He controls the companies through his closely held vehicle Next LP, which is based in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a U.K. crown dependency.

Altice Europe NV has a dual-class structure, and its "A" and "B" shares are traded separately on Euronext Amsterdam. Drahi owns about 40% of the "A" shares and 85% of the "B" shares, according to an Aug. 28, 2020 filing with the Dutch financial market regulator. Altice has more than 30 million customers, according to its website.

The spin-off of Altice U.S.A from the European business was completed on May 22, 2018. Drahi owns about 15% of the Altice U.S.A's "A" shares and almost all of its non-trading "B" shares, according to an analysis of the 2020 proxy statement and a June 4, 2020 Form 4 filing. Shares held by CVC 3, an entity owned by Altice Europe, are excluded to avoid double counting.

The billionaire acquired Sotheby's in 2019 and the auction house is included here based on the equity value implied by the transaction. Debt associated with the deal is recorded as a separate liability.

Arthur Dreyfuss, an Altice spokesperson, didn't respond to requests for comment.


Birthdate: 8/20/1963
Family: Married, 4 children
Education: Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Normale Superieure

Patrick Drahi was born on Aug. 20, 1963, in Casablanca, Morocco. When he was 15 years old, he moved with his math teacher parents to southern France. A naturally gifted math student, he graduated from France's selective engineering school, Ecole Polytechnique, then went on to earn a post-graduate degree in optics and electronics from Ecole Nationale Superieure de Telecommunications de Paris in 1986.

Drahi's first job after graduating was as head of international marketing for a Dutch satellite and cable company, Philips Group. His dream as a young student was to one day become CEO of a global company. While at Philips, he realized that the dream could take more than 30 years to materialize if he continued along that career path. So he left the company in 1993, and with the help of a friend, Pascal Orhan, set up CMA, a consulting firm specializing in telecommunications and media. While doing so, he also founded two French cable companies, Sud Cable Services and Mediareseaux.

By 2002, he'd sold both the cable companies and decided to start his own investment holding group, which he called Altice. Focused on cable, telecom and internet assets, Drahi acquired stakes in companies from Belgium to Mauritius, including Israeli cable TV provider, Hot Telecommunication System, Portuguese cable company, Cabovisao, and Odo, the Dominican Republic's second-largest mobile operator. Along with private equity groups, Carlyle and Cinven, he helped create France's largest cable operator, Numbericable, which was listed in Paris in November 2013.

Altice raised more than $1.8 billion in an initial public offering on the Amsterdam stock exchange in January 2014. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Drahi said the aim of the offering was to boost Altice's recognition globally, as it seeks more acquisitions.

Altice USA, a spin-off of the European business, began trading publicly in New York in 2017.

In June 2019, it was announced that Drahi had agreed to buy Sotheby's in a deal that implied an enterprise value of about $3.7 billion for the publicly traded auction house.

The billionaire, who has both French and Israeli citizenship, is married with four children and lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • 1986 Graduates from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.
  • 1988 Begins professional career with the Philips Group in Amsterdam.
  • 1993 With friend, Pascal Orhan, founds telecom consulting firm, CMA.
  • 1994 Founds French cable company, Mediareseaux.
  • 1999 Sells Mediareseaux to Dutch company, UPC, for undisclosed price.
  • 2002 Establishes Altice as an investment vehicle for cable and telecom assets.
  • 2014 Sells shares of Altice on Amsterdam stock exchange.
  • 2015 Altice enters U.S. market, buying Cablevision for $17.7 billion.