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Our French Celebs: Meet Liliane Bettencourt

liliane-bettencourt-parce-quelle-le-vaut-bienLiliane Bettencourt 

She is the woman who gave new definition to cosmetics after she inherited L’Oreal which was founded by her father Eugene Schueller. It is one of the biggest and largest beauty and cosmetic company in the world. Her company’s net worth of $ 30 billion makes her the richest woman in the world. She and her family currently own above 30% shares of L’Oreal which has only been increasing thanks to boost in French market for cosmetics. The elderly widow also has fought legal battles against her family due to guardianship of her money.

Since then, she had faced intense media scrutiny and publicity over her relationship with François-Marie Banier, the estrangement with her daughter Françoise and her alleged funding of conservative French politicians, including former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

She founded with her husband the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation (la Fondation Bettencourt Schueller) to support and develop medical, cultural and humanitarian projects. The Foundation is based in Neuilly-sur-Seine (92), France. The Foundation, which benefits from assets of €150 million and an annual budget of approx €15 million devotes approximately 55% of its funds to scientific education and research, 33% to humanitarian and social projects and 12% to culture and arts. It sponsors prizes through which funds are disbursed to various recipients. 

Forbes ranks Bettencourt at 7th in its list of the world’s wealthiest persons with an estimated fortune of US$38.8 billion(as of 28 June 2016). As of 2016, she is the top female billionaires woman in the world, and is also the richest person in France.

Our Frenchies on Liliane 🙂 Enjoy!

“Je suis content pour la Bettencourt. Si seulement elle pouvait vendre ses produits moins chers….”

I’m happy for the Bettencourt. If only she could sell her products cheaper 


“Riche et gâteux ou pauvre et brillant? Que choisir?”

Rich and spoiled or poor and smart? What to choose?


“Pour information, le patrimoine de L. Bettancourt équivaut au PIB annuel d’un pays comme la Lettonie (membre de l’UE), ou de la Côte d’Ivoire (25 millions d’habitants). Ceci dit, ça reste un peu inférieur aux bénéfices d’Apple en 2013. Par ailleurs, il y a 10 personnes plus riches qu’elle dans le monde (Bill Gates a un patrimoine équivalent au PIB de Cuba, classée au 66e rang mondial). Accessoirement, le chiffre d’affaire de Wal Mart ou de Shell en 2013 était comparable au PIB de la Belgique.”

For information, the heritage of L. Bettencourt is equivalent to the annual GDP of a country like Latvia (EU member), or Côte d’Ivoire (25 million inhabitants). That said, it’s still a little lower than Apple’s profits in 2013. There are ten more richer people in the world (Bill Gates has a heritage equivalent to Cuba’s GDP, ranked 66th in the world). Incidentally, sales of Wal-Mart or Shell in 2013 were comparable to the GDP of Belgium


“On peut espérer que la nouvelle loi travail permet un accroissement de ces fortunes.”

One can hope that the new labor law will allow an increase of her fortunes.

Comments from Le Monde Newspaper. 



2011 in review – Thank you all! Have a fantastic year!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Hello fashionistas!

Hi everyone. My name’s Stephanie.

I am French and I have been in UK for a year. I have been working in fashion and cosmetics industry for a couple of years now, working for 2 very big names of the industry L’Oreal and LVMH (which stands for Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy).

Personality wise, I am ambitious, funny (French funny), organised, and passionate about fragrances and fashion trend forecasting. I have a good knowledge of 20th Century Fashion History and excellent knowledge of fabrics, trims and garment.

I love travelling, learning about others cultures, good food, good wine, partying, dancing, music, opera, ballets, cinema, theatre and so on. But what I love above all is fashion and I am currently learning to sew my own clothes. But I also collect bottles of fragrances (I have about 150 bottles!!!)

My guilty pleasure is luxury goods. Don’t give me wrong, I hate ostensible luxury goods (goods with big logos or any other to-much-visible sign). I do believe that these kinds of brands are only considered luxury based on cost, marketing campaigns, especially envied by childish daddies’ daughters. I find it very vulgar especially in this economical atmosphere. I leave this kind of item for the “new rich” people who love to expose their wealth and money. I do admire discretion, trendiness, subtleness and elegance of brands like Hermes, Cartier, Jean Paul Gauthier or Antonio Berardi, Elie Saab to name a few. Their products are defined by quality, very big attention to the details and meticulousness workmanship.

However, it’s not because you’re rich that you look more chic and luxurious than anyone and one of my preferred quote (from Chanel) clearly demonstrate that: « Le luxe, ce n’est pas le contraire de la pauvreté mais celui de la vulgarité. » Translation: “Luxury, it is not the opposite of poverty but that of vulgarity” Coco Chanel