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The Top 10 Richest French Billionaires Earned Around $60 Billion In 2020 Alone

Bernard Arnault

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the top 10 richest people in France got a whole lot wealthier in 2020. Per CEOWORLD magazine’s report, the 10 richest people in France have added $59.62 billion to their collective net worths in the last 12 months.

The majority of these gains were at the top of the list, where 10 people now hold fortunes of over $364 billion. The top 2 richest French billionaires now hold fortunes in excess of $190 billion (Bernard Arnault and Francoise Bettencourt Meyers). Together, the duo are believed to have earned $26 billion in 12 months.

The world’s 500 richest people got wealthier, too.

$1.8 trillion – Was made by the world’s 500 richest people in 2020

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers had a particularly staggering year, reportedly growing his wealth by over $16.8 billion in one year. Bernard Arnault remains the richest person in France and in Europe. Bernard Arnault started the year worth less than $104.85 billion only to see his fortune balloon to a staggering $114 billion — a gain of $9.15 billion. The surge allowed Bernard Arnault to quickly catapult up the wealth rankings to No. 4 in the world.

The Top 10 Richest French Billionaires

  1. Bernard Arnault
    Net worth: $114 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $9.15 billion
    Source of wealth: LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
    Industry: Consumer
  2. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
    Net worth: $75.8 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $16.8 billion
    Source of wealth: L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics maker
    Industry: Consumer
  3. Francois Pinault
    Net worth: $47.8 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $6 billion
    Source of wealth: Kering, a designer and maker of luxury goods
    Industry: Consumer
  4. Alain Wertheimer
    Net worth: $39.4 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $9.30 billion
    Source of wealth: Chanel, the Parisian fragrance and fashion house
    Industry: Consumer
  5. Gerard Wertheimer
    Net worth: $39.4 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $9.30 billion
    Source of wealth: Chanel, the Parisian fragrance and fashion house
    Industry: Consumer
  6. Patrick Drahi
    Net worth: $14.2 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $2.39 billion
    Source of wealth: Altice Europe
    Industry: Media & Telecom
  7. Emmanuel Besnier
    Net worth: $10.2 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $1.99 billion
    Source of wealth: Lactalis, the world’s largest maker of cheese
    Industry: Food & Beverage
  8. Alain Merieux
    Net worth: $8.13 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $2.71 billion
    Source of wealth: BioMerieux
    Industry: Health Care
  9. Laurent Dassault
    Net worth: $7.64 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $995 million
    Source of wealth: Groupe Dassault
    Industry: Diversified
  10. Olivier Dassault
    Net worth: $7.64 billion
    Net worth year-over-year change: Up by $995 million
    Source of wealth: Groupe Dassault
    Industry: Diversified
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
CEO and editorial director of the CEOWORLD magazine, an extensively kudized author, noted journalist, syndicated columnist, and ostensible entrepreneur. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or connect on LinkedIn.
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