Liliane Bettencourt was the richest woman in the world with a fortune of somewhere in the neighborhood of $36 billion. A Great Fortune, A Lonely Woman, A Con-man, and a Jealous Daughter. Rich people.

[2] Her marriage caused controversy because of her grandfather Eugène Schueller's trial for collaboration with the Nazi government; he was L'Oreal's founder. So over-the-top you'd think it were fiction but it's as true as it gets. An interesting account of the family, the scandal, the courtroom dramas. It's an o.k read. Her marriage was not happy so when she met painter and writer Francois-Marie Banier she found him witty and urbane and proceeded to lavish gifts and money on him. At the time of the scandal described in this book, she was in her eighties and starting to exhibit the symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. Also, learning more about the WWII machinations of L'Oreal's founder, Eugène Schueller, was eye-opening and while I am all for the idea that the kids are not responsible for the parent's foi. Please try your request again later. If I dock it any points it’s for a bit of repetition I found grating in the references to Liliane, Françoise and François-Marie. Life is too short and my TBR pile is too big to spend any more than my 100 page minimum with these horrible people- did not finish. With the recent death of Liliane Bettencourt, the heir to the L’Oréal fortune, I thought this newly published book (August 2017) about her was a good time to learn more about this reclusive woman. Well-written chronicle of the interpersonal and legal dramas surrounding the L'Oreal brand's founding family and heirs, and their friends and political associates. Not generally subject matter that would especially interest me, but reviews were good so I read it. No criticism of author- seemed to be well researched, * I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. The book is a bit long. I was attracted to "THE BETTENCOURT AFFAIR: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris" by its cover.

The Bettencourt Affair is hard to give a star rating to. Lillian gifted millions to a friend, Francois-Marie Banier. *, “Pour vivre heureux, vivons cachés, says an old French dictum—to live happily, live hidden.”, “L’Oréal’s stock is valued at some €90 billion, of which the principal share belongs to Liliane Bettencourt—”. See all formats and editions. L'Audition Poche Pour les Nuls 2ed (French Edition), "regard sur la Bible ; mieux se comprendre entre juifs et catholiques", Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. It caught my eye in a local independent bookstore several weeks ago. Interesting and detailed book about the bettencourt family and the family firm and the scandal which rocked the family, The Bettencourt Affair is hard to give a star rating to. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is a French billionaire heiress and an author. 3-1/2 stars.

To create our... To see what your friends thought of this book, The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris. I enjoyed it but was ready for it to be done by the end. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers inherited one-third of L'Oreal from her mother, making her … $105.99. Follow to get new release updates and improved recommendations. I guess I thought this would be about rich people getting what they deserve but it wasn’t about that. [3] She married Jean-Pierre Meyers, the grandson of a rabbi murdered at Auschwitz, and they decided to raise their children Jean-Victor (* 1986) and Nicolas (* 1988) as Jewish. On the other hand, the view into just how different the French justice system is from the U.S. was fascinating. It was engrossing reading about the history of L'Oreal and its doyenne Lilianne Bettencourt and the Bettencourt family. More Information Are you an author? Francoise Bettencourt Meyers has written two books. Something about this man, who was in his mid-forties, attracted Liliane, much to the dismay of her only child and heir Francoise Meyers. She married Jean-Pierre Meyers, the grandson of a rabbi murdered at Auschwitz, and they decided to raise their children …

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The last time I read such a gossipy journalism piece was a popular biography of Princess Diana—awhile ago. She is the only daughter and heiress of Liliane Bettencourt, and her family owns the company L'Oréal. The murky past, the family troubles and the behaviour of the various people involved was fascinating up to a point. Something went wrong. This was our book club’s third read and it was perhaps not the wisest decision to read it immediately after “Bad Blood”, another investigative journalist account of a large-scale scandal. Unbelievable story! Fascinating and compelling read. Very coherently written; there are a lot of characters involved, pretty much a bunch of French people a lot of whom have the name "Marie" in their names or some form of Francois/Francoise. I'm going to try and read more non-fiction this year and I saw this on a book of the year list from NPR so thought I would give it a try. The head of the L'Oreal empire.

Yet our group made the most out of what the book had to offer and interesting comparisons were made between the two books, including with regard to their protagonists (Holmes vs Banier) who both managed to enrich themselves without many credentials, using some degree of manipulation to get their ways. Unfortunately, they had connections or were Nazi sympathizers... but all that is the backdrop for the story of Lillian, the only daughter of the founder and her daughter, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers. So well written. And it's all true!

Les dieux grecs: Généalogies (French Edition) (French) Paperback – January 1, 1994. by Françoise Bettencourt Meyers (Author) 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 ratings.

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The revelations in the secret recordings that she used in evidence led to the Woerth-Bettencourt scandal. It is not normally something I am interested in - celebrity gossip and scandals - so perhaps take my review with a pinch of salt. Real slow till page 120 and then extremely interesting up to page 250-260 , and then a little slower .

There was a bit of genre-fatigue as a result. Start by marking “The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Welcome back. That particular trait proved crucial in both stories, as it provided the two characters with the ability to sway and surround themselves with highly-respected and influential people. August 8th 2017

The truth is stranger than fiction. while the daughter felt he was taking advantage.

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Liliane Bettencourt was the richest woman in the world with a fortune of somewhere in the neighborhood of $36 billion. Like the French attitude that it mentions, it's hard to feel sympathy for the ultra-rich when there are so many people that live in poverty. Amazing. Also, learning more about the WWII machinations of L'Oreal's founder, Eugène Schueller, was eye-opening and while I am all for the idea that the kids are not responsible for the parent's foibles, I honestly don't think I will ever look at their products the same way again and already wasn't in the habit of buying them because there are other product lines that I like better. [4], In 2008, she sued François-Marie Banier for taking money from her mother,[4] and she started proceedings to have her mother declared mentally incompetent.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. by Dutton Books. This book tells of the battle played out for control of L'Oreal's billions. [5] Her mother died in September 2017 when her net worth was about $39.5 billion, which makes Bettencourt Meyers among the top 20 richest people in the world. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Enter Francois-Marie Banier, a popular gadfly in Paris society who, although his antecedents were rather vague, knew everyone who was anyone and moved in the highest artistic and political circles. The richest woman in the world and I never heard of her. On the other hand, the view into just how different the French justice system is from the U.S. was fascinating. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃swaz bɛtɑ̃kuʁ mɛjɛʁs]) is a French billionaire heiress and an author of Bible commentaries and works on Jewish-Christian relations.

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