Emmanuel Besnier

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Emmanuel Besnier
Born (1970-09-18) 18 September 1970 (age 49)
EducationLycée de l'Immaculée-Conception
Alma materISG Business School
OccupationCEO, Lactalis
Net worth$6.68 billion (October 2018)[1]
Parent(s)Michel Besnier
RelativesAndré Besnier (grandfather)
Jean-Michel Besnier (brother)
Marie Besnier Beauvalot (sister)

Emmanuel Besnier (born 18 September 1970) is a French heir and businessman. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Lactalis. He is known as "the invisible billionaire".[1]

Early life[edit]

Emmanuel Besnier was born on 18 September 1970 in Laval, Mayenne, France.[2][3] His father is Michel Besnier and his mother, Christiane.[3] His paternal grandfather, André Besnier, was the founder of Lactalis in 1933.[3] He has a brother, Jean-Michel, and a sister, Marie.[3][4]

He was educated at the Lycée de l'Immaculée-Conception, a Roman Catholic private lycée in Laval.[3] He graduated from the ISG Business School in Paris.[2]


Besnier joined Lactalis as director of development in 1995.[3] He took over as the CEO in 2000, when his father died.[3]

With his brother and sister, he owned 83% of Lactalis.[1] In June 2018, according to Forbes, he had a net worth of $15.1 billion.[1] He shuns publicity and has been nicknamed "the invisible billionaire".[1]

Lactalis salmonella scandal[edit]

At the end of 2017, Lactasis has to recall 12 million salmonella-contaminated boxes of baby milk from 83 countries. Besnier was summoned by Bruno Lemaire to the French finance ministry.[5]


He donates Euro 200,000 annually to the Francis-Le-Basser football stadium in Laval.[3] He also attends their board meetings.[3] He built a private box with tinted glass, from which he watches football matches.[3][6]

In 2006, he was the recipient of the "Mayennais of the Year" award from the local Rotary Club.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He married Sandrine, a native of Laval whom he met at the lycée, at the Basilique Notre-Dame d'Avesnières [fr] in Laval.[3][6] They have three children.[2] They reside in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.[6] They also live in a château in Entrammes near Laval that he inherited from his father.[3][6] They summer at their house on the île de Ré and winter in Courchevel.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Template:Https://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/profiles/emmanuel-besnier/
  2. ^ a b c "Emmanuel Besnier". LSA. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Marie Bordet, Besnier, le milliardaire invisible, Le Point, May 19, 2011
  4. ^ Valerie Landreu, Emmanuel Besnier, un patron très discret, Les Echos, April 16, 2011
  5. ^ Willsher, Kim (14 January 2018). "Lactalis to withdraw 12m boxes of baby milk in salmonella scandal". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e Nicolas Barriquand, Emmanuel Besnier, un si mystérieux patron, L'Express, January 26, 2015