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# 431 Vincent Bollore $4.78B

Random fact: Holdings include a rubber tree plantation and French vineyards.


Bollore is the chairman of Bollore Group, a French conglomerate with revenue of 23 billion euros ($27.2 billion) in 2018. The Puteaux-based group has investments in media and entertainment company Vivendi as well as internet service provider Wifirst. It also owns transport and electricity storage businesses.

As of :
Last change -$36.5M ( -0.8%)
YTD change -$83.7M ( -1.7%)
Industry Diversified
Biggest asset ODET FP Equity
Citizenship France
Age 67
Wealth Self-made
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Relative Value

Vincent Bollore's net worth of $4.78B can buy ...

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of the GDP of the United States
of the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world
of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
of the top 200 U.S. executives’ total awarded compensation
of U.S. existing home sales
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The majority of Bollore's fortune is derived from his controlling stake in Financiere Odet, the publicly traded holding company that controls 64 percent of Bollore Group, according to its website.

The billionaire owns about 80 percent of Financiere Odet, according to an analysis of his holding structure. He also owns more than 5 million Bollore shares directly and through holding companies, according to the company's 2017 annual report.

The value of his cash investments is based on an analysis of insider transactions, dividends, charitable contributions and market performance.

Michel Calzaroni, a spokesman for Bollore Group, said the billionaire declined to comment on his net worth.


Birthdate: 4/1/1952
Family: Married, 4 children
Education: Paris Nanterre University (University of Paris X)

Vincent Bollore was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on April 1, 1952, the son of Michel Bollore, who'd inherited a family business that made cigarette papers and teabags. Established in Brittany in 1822, the company was bought by Edmond de Rothschild investment bank in the 1970s after it neared bankruptcy.

Bollore studied law at University of Paris X Nanterre and joined investment bank Edmond de Rothschild in 1976. He became chairman and chief executive officer of Bollore Group five years later, after buying it from Rothschild for one French franc. He restructured the business and expanded into shrink-wrap film.

He listed Bollore Technologies on the Paris Stock Exchange in 1985. A year later, he bought tobacco company Sofical and French freight-forwarding firm SCAC. He began buying what became a 26 percent stake in U.K. advertising company Aegis in 2005, and sold it to Japanese advertiser Dentsu seven years later. The company owns 37 percent of French advertiser Havas and 5 percent of Vivendi, the former water utility that was restructured as a telecommunications and entertainment company. He acquired the media conglomerate after selling Vivendi Direct 8, a TV channel he'd established in 2012.

Bollore is married and has four children, all of whom work at the family business.

  • 1976 Joins Edmond de Rothschild investment bank as a deputy director.
  • 1981 Buys back his family's company from Edmond de Rothschild.
  • 1986 Acquires French freight-forwarding company SCAC.
  • 2004 Acquires a 20 percent stake in French advertising company Havas.
  • 2005 Starts digital terrestrial television channel Direct 8.
  • 2011 Autolib's car-sharing service opens with 250 cars in Paris.
  • 2012 Sells TV channel Direct 8 to Canal Plus, Vivendi's pay-TV network.
  • 2013 Battery maker Blue Solutions sells shares on the Paris stock exchange.