L'Oréal centibillionaire heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers leads a hidden life

By Minh Hieu   February 10, 2024 | 03:00 pm PT
L'Oréal centibillionaire heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers leads a hidden life
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers with her two sons in Bordeaux, France, in 2015. Photo by AFP
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the world’s wealthiest woman and heiress to the L’Oréal cosmetic fortune, lives a quiet life despite her US$100 billion net worth.

Having inherited a 35% stake in cosmetics behemoth L’Oréal from her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, she recently became the first woman to amass a fortune surpassing $100 billion, making her a centibillionaire.

In stark contrast to her mother's flamboyant social persona and extravagant lifestyle, Bettencourt Meyers has cultivated a discreet approach to her wealth over the years.

Now at the age of 70, she resides in a modern, unassuming two-story building adorned with large windows — a far cry from her parents’ opulent mansion in the exclusive Neuilly-sur-Seine commune, one of France's most affluent locales, according to El País.

Her attire typically features minimal makeup and clothes devoid of conspicuous branding.

She is rarely seen at prestigious events and lavish dinner parties except for those with ties to L’Oreal's interests.

She prefers travelling to luxurious yet peaceful destinations, like the serene French ski resort village of Megève.

Her life centers around her close relationships with family and friends, and her passions for literature, music, and movies.

A lover of classical music, she finds comfort in playing the piano each morning, according to Business Insider.

Beyond her musical pursuits, Bettencourt Meyers is an accomplished writer with two published books, a five-volume study of the Bible and a genealogy of Greek mythology.

The world's second-richest woman currently is American Alice Walton, an heir to another retail empire: Walmart. Walton's fortune is worth $70 billion.

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