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Author Sancton, Thomas (Thomas Alexander), 1949- author.

Title The Bettencourt affair : the world's richest woman and the scandal that rocked Paris / Tom Sancton.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  338.7 San    ---  Available
Description xv, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-396).
Summary "Was the world's wealthiest woman--Liliane Bettencourt--heir to an estimated thirty-six-billion-dollar L'Oreal fortune, the victim of a con man? Or were her own family the real villains? This riveting narrative tells the real-life, shocking story behind the cause celebre that has captivated both France and the world. Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the eleventh wealthiest person on the planet, as of 2016. But at ninety-four, she's embroiled in an incredible controversy that has dominated the headlines and ensnared a former president of France in the controversy. Why? [It is] thanks to an artist and photographer named Francois-Marie Banier, who was given hundreds of millions of dollars by Liliane. Liliane's daughter, Francoise, considers Banier a con man and filed a lawsuit against him, but Banier has a far different story to tell. It's all become Europe's biggest scandal in years, uncovering a shadowy corporate history, buried World War II secrets, illicit political payoffs, and much more. Written by Tom Sancton, a Vanity Fair contributor and former Time correspondent currently living in France, The Bettencourt Affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; part business narrative of a glamorous global company with past Nazi connections; and part character-driven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Bettencourt, Liliane.
Bettencourt, Liliane -- Friends and associates.
Banier, François-Marie.
Sarkozy, Nicolas, 1955-
Scandals -- France -- Paris -- History -- 21st century.
Swindlers and swindling -- France -- Paris -- History -- 21st century.
Businesswomen -- France -- Biography.
L'Oréal (Firm) -- History.
Billionaires -- France -- Biography.
Older women -- France -- Biography.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History.
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century.
Other Form: Online version: Sancton, Thomas (Thomas Alexander), 1949- Bettencourt affair First edition. New York, New York : Dutton, 2017 9781101984482 (DLC) 2017026993
ISBN 9781101984475

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