The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris by Tom Sancton

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Read The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris Online Free - 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? 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, aVanity Faircontributor and formerTimecorrespondent currently living in France, The Bettencourt Affairis 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."



Title : The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris
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ISBN : 1101984473
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


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Gwen - Chew & Digest Books - rated it ★★★★☆

August 16, 2017

The Bettencourt Affair is hard to give a star rating to. Like the French attitude that it mentions, it's hard to feel sympathy for the ultra-rich when there are so many people that live in poverty. On the other hand, the view into just how different the French justice system is from the U.S. was...


Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

August 08, 2017

A Great Fortune, A Lonely Woman, A Con-man, and a Jealous Daughter Liliane Bettencourt, heir to the L’Oréal cosmetics fortune, is one of the world’s richest women. Married to Andre Bettencourt, a politican, Liliane became tired of her bourgeois life. She met and was attracted to Francois-Marie Ban...


Billie rated it ★★★★☆

June 01, 2017

Rich people. Their problems are really not "just like yours," but they are fascinating reading.


Michelle rated it ★★★★☆

September 08, 2017

Interesting story about the family that started L'Oréal. Unfortunately, they had connections or were Nazi sympathizers... but all that is the backdrop for the story of Lillian, the only daughter of the founder and her daughter, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers. Lillian gifted millions to a friend, Fr...


Phyllis rated it ★★★★★

September 16, 2017

Amazing. The richest woman in the world and I never heard of her. The head of the L'Oreal empire. So Nazi implications, a gigolo, a husband consort who may be gay, a daughter who marries a Jewish man, political insinuations of graft and corruption. And it's all true! What an amazing cast of chara...


Rhonda rated it ★★★★☆

August 14, 2017

Money money money unbelievable wealth happiness not so much law suits oh yes.A delicious soap opera of money art inheritance made even more delicious this is all true,Thanks to Net Galley&Dutton books for free Galley for honest review,


Geetanjali rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

* I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* This book was difficult to read, primarily for two reasons. The writing is dense, full of facts, sometimes overly so. Also, reading about characters who it was impossible to like or feel much sympathy for, I ha...


Elena rated it ★★★☆☆

August 11, 2017

***Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*** I was not familiar with the Bettencourt Affair or any of the people involved before reading Scanton's latest book. I was also reading this as an e-book which is why I may have found the beginning of the stor...


Jill Elizabeth rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

Let me tell you, the drama is thick on the ground in this one… So is the detail. At times, that detail made the book a bit overwhelming. I do not follow French politics or business, so did not know the vast majority of the names thrown about in the first portion of the book. The background on the...


Penny rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2017

3.5 stars This was a fascinating read. Oh my word they have so much money no one knows what to do with it. Like billions and billions of dollars! Liliane fell for this gay man, Francois-Marie Banier and funnelled all kinds of money to him in gifts, real estate, villas, apartments, cars, artwork...





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