The Bettencourt Affair

Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L’Oreal fortune and the world’s wealthiest woman, greatly valued her friendship with Francois-Marie Banier, an artist and photographer twenty-five years younger, but attentive and entertaining. Liliane and her husband Andre thought of Banier almost as family. When Liliane mused that she might adopt him and make him an heir, the Bettencourt’s daughter and only child took action, bringing to light the hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts her mother showered on Banier. The ensuing lawsuits fractured a family, entangled a president, fascinated Paris for years. A great read!

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