Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,Bollore
Vincent Bolloré, the CEO of Bolloré Group. The businessman is a close friend of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and has built an impressive reputation.
Revered as a titan of the business world and feared as a corporate raider, Vincent Bolloré, one of the most colorful figures in French business, now heads up one of the world’s largest media giants
Worth a reported $7.2bn, Vincent Bolloré has established himself as one of France’s most successful businessmen over the last three decades. A close friend of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Bolloré has established himself firmly in the elite of French society, playing an integral role in many of its industries.
Mr. Vincent Bollore serves as the President of Bollore Africa Logistics Cote d’Ivoire. Mr. Bollore serves President of Financiere de l’Odet Mr. Bolloré has been the Chief Executive Officer of Bollore S.A. since January 5, 1995. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Omnium Bollore, Financière V, Sofibol. He serves as an Advisor of French central bank. He serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bollore and Bollore Participations. Having built a controlling stake in French media firm Havas, Bolloré began investing in UK firm Aegis, with the goal of merging the two. He plans to retire in 2022, before he’s 70.
BORN 1952, France
EDUCATION Advanced Mathematics and Physics, École Polytechnique
1970: Vincent Bolloré began his career at Banque de l’Union Européene, before moving to investment group Edmond de Rothschild, while also studying for a law degree.
1981: Fortune struck and Bolloré got the chance to buy back his previously sold-off family business from Edmond de Rothschild for just one franc and begin restructuring it.
1997: Bolloré then garnered a reputation as a corporate raider, with unsuccessful (but profitable) takeover attempts at construction firm Bouygues and investment bank Lazard.
2005: Having built a controlling stake in French media firm Havas, Bolloré began investing in UK firm Aegis, with the goal of merging the two. He plans to retire in 2022, before he’s 70
Bolloré Group in numbers
Revenue 2014 €10.6bn
Profit 2014 €403m