Marie Besnier Beauvalot is the daughter of the late Michel Besnier, a French billionaire and former CEO of Lactalis – a multinational dairy products group. Marie is a major shareholder in her father’s dairy company, which she inherited together with her siblings. According to Forbes, she ranks 8th on the list of the world’s richest billionaires under 40. She is also on the list of the 20 richest French billionaires. The media described her as “the most beautiful billionaires in the world”.
Apart from the fact that Marie was born with a silver spoon and that she inherited her family fortune, there is more about the beautiful billionaire that you need to know.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot Biography, Ethnicity
Marie Besnier Beauvalot was born in France on July 30, 1980, the daughter of a wealthy French family. Her paternal grandfather, André Besnier, is the founder of a multinational milk production company, the Besnier Group, which today is called Lactalis. The company was founded on 19 October 1933 and he was the company’s first CEO. The main products of the company are butter, cheese, and milk. The company is based in Laval, Mayenne, France. It is known that it is now the largest milk-producing company in the world and it is only the second-largest food-producing company in France.
Marie is a major shareholder of Lactalis. After the death of her father, Marie and her two older brothers inherited her father’s company completely and she holds 20.7% of the company’s shares. At the time she inherited her father’s fortune, she was only 20 years old, and her fortune immediately made her one of the youngest billionaires in the world with net assets of $2.5 billion. Marie Besnier Beauvalot is the 357th richest person in the world and the 14th richest woman in the world with net assets of currently $5.1 billion.
Marie has two older siblings, Jean-Michel and Emmanuel Besnier. Emmanuel was born on September 18, 1970, in Laval, Mayenne, France. He is the majority shareholder and CEO of the world’s largest dairy company, Lactalis. Emmanuel began his work as CEO of Lactalis shortly after his father’s death in 2000. The media called him the “invisible billionaire” because he avoids public appearances. Emmanuel Besnier is married to Sandrine Besnier and they have three children together. He has net assets of 15.1 billion dollars.
Marie’s other brother, Jean-Michel Besnier, is the first child of her parents and was born on June 5, 1967. He is also a major shareholder in their dairy company Lactalis. Jean-Michel has net assets of 2.5 billion dollars.
Apart from being the main shareholders of Lactalis, the three siblings also control about 83% of the shares of Parmalat, an Italian multinational dairy and food company.
Is She Married? Husband
Marie Besnier Beauvalot is married to Stephane Beauvalot. The couple married on August 28, 2008, in Yonne, Bourgogne, France. Beauvalot was born on April 27, 1979, and works as an investment banker and analyst. Unlike Marie, Stephen seems to be a very private person, so further information about him and his family cannot be found. However, the couple lives in their house in Laval, Mayenne, France. It is not known whether they have children or not.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot Parents
The parents of Marie are Christiane and Michel Besnier. Her mother was born in 1942. The late father of Marie, Michel, was the son of André Besnier. Before his death, Michel Besnier handed over the dairy business to his three children. Michel Besnier came from Laval, Mayenne, France, and was born on September 18, 1928, the only child of his parents. He took over his father’s dairy business after his father, André Besnier, died in 1955. Before André Besnier’s death, he and Michel jointly ran the dairy company with André as CEO. After the death of André Besnier, Michel Besnier took over the family business and became CEO of the Besnier Group. It was Michel Besnier who changed the name of the company from Besnier Group to Lactalis, and he did so in 1999, one year before his death.
Michel Besnier and his wife had three children and bought several assets in France and outside France, including their house in Marbella, Spain.
Michel Besnier died in his house in Marbella on June 11, 2000. He died at the age of 71. His company and other assets were bequeathed to his three children Jean-Michel, Emmanuel, and Marie Besnier Beauvalot.