Ernest-Antoine Seillière

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Ernest-Antoine Seillière
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Born (1937-12-20) 20 December 1937 (age 79)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Nationality French
Alma mater Sciences Po, ÉNA
Occupation Head of the MEDEF (1998-2005)
Successor Laurence Parisot

Ernest-Antoine Seillière de Laborde (born 20 December 1937 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) is a French entrepreneur and the heir to the Wendel empire (representing €730 million).[1]

He is a member of Le Siècle think tank, an officer of the Légion d'honneur, and an officer of the Ordre National du Mérite. Contrary to popular belief, he is not a member of the French nobility and is therefore not a French baron (although his title is said to be authentic but papal).

His great-grandfather, Aimé Seillière (1835–1870) was married to Marie de Laborde (1844–1867) in 1865. His paternal grandfather is the French academician Ernest Seillière.


He graduated from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, studying in law and a former pupil of the École nationale d'administration. Vice President of the CNPF and member of its executive council from 1988 to 1997, President of the economic commission of the CNPF from 1988 to 1994, he became president of Medef (formerly CNPF) from December 1997 to 5 June 2005. He was CEO of Wendel, a holding company for the CGIP, chairman of the Supervisory Board from 2002 to March 2013, Honorary chairman since then.[2] Seillière is close to the Traditionalist Catholics, in particular of the abbé Laguérie.[3] He is a former member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[4]

At Medef[edit]

He succeeded Jean Gandois as leader of the CNPF in December 1997, after the dismissal of the appeal for cut in 35 hours by the Socialist government. The union then took a more conservative direction, which was led by Denis Kessler, and changed its name. He retired after seven years as leader. Laurence Parisot succeeded him on 5 July 2005. Since winter 2005, Ernest-Antoine Seillière has been President of UNICE (renamed "BusinessEurope" in Janvier 2007), the federation of Europen business, based in Brussels.[5]


In March 2012, he published a book entitled "On n'est pas là pour se faire engueuler..." ("We are not here to be yelled at"), in which he analyzes the financial crisis, based on his experience as head of Medef and BusinessEurope.[6] He also exposes his vision of France and Europe's future and shares some personal memories.


  1. ^ La saga des Seillière, Le Monde diplomatique, September 2001 (French)/(Portuguese)
  2. ^ [], 28 mars 2013
  3. ^ Le Figaro, 24 September 2007 (article on the ordination of priests by Laguérie)
  4. ^ "Former Steering Committee Members". Bilderberg Group. Archived from the original on 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  5. ^ "La bonne fortune du baron Seillière". Le Monde. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  6. ^

External links[edit]


  • Bothorel, Jean; Sassier, Phillippe (2002). Ernest-Antoine Seillière : le baron de la République. Paris: Robert Laffont. ISBN 9782221093573. OCLC 51638015.