Françoise Bettencourt Meyers

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Françoise Bettencourt Meyers
Françoise Bettencourt

(1953-07-10) 10 July 1953 (age 65)
OccupationChairwoman, L'Oréal
Net worthUS$ 49.3 billion (March 2019)
Spouse(s)Jean-Pierre Meyers
Parent(s)André Bettencourt
Liliane Bettencourt
RelativesEugène Schueller (maternal grandfather)

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃swaz bɛtɑ̃kuʁ mɛjɛʁ]) is a French billionaire heiress, and an author of Bible commentaries and works on Jewish-Christian relations.[1] The only daughter and thus under French law the heiress of Liliane Bettencourt, her family owns the company L'Oréal.[2] She married Jean-Pierre Meyers, the grandson of a rabbi murdered at Auschwitz. After marriage, the Meyers decided to raise their children as Jewish.[1] Her marriage caused controversy as a result of her grandfather, L'Oréal's founder Eugène Schueller's, trial for collaboration with the Nazi government.[3]

In 2008, she sued François-Marie Banier for taking money from her "unstable" mother,[3] and started proceedings to have her mother declared mentally incompetent. The revelations in the secret recordings she used in evidence, were at the origin of the Woerth-Bettencourt scandal. In December 2010, Bettencourt-Meyers announced that she had settled out of court with both her mother and Banier.[4]

Her mother died in September 2017 at a time when her mother's net worth was about $39.5 billion, which makes Francoise Bettencourt Meyers among the top 20 richest people in the world overall. As of March 2019, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world, with an estimated fortune of $49.3 billion, according to Forbes. [5]


  • The Greek gods. Genealogy (Les Dieux grecs. Généalogies), Paris, éd. Christian, 1994, 511 p.
  • A look at the Bible (Regard sur la Bible), 5 vol., Introduction by Alain Decaux, Published, November 2008, awarded the prix des Lauriers Verts (section « Spirituality ») in 2009:
    • Words and expressions originating in the Bible
    • From one Testament to the other, Judaism and Catholicism
    • Family Tree of Adam Eve, and the Tribes of Israel
    • Animals, Plants, Measures, money, and numbers in the Bible
    • Genealogic section


  1. ^ a b Les Échos, December 2009.
  2. ^ "L'Oréal Finance : Share Ownership". Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b The Guardian, July 10, 2010
  4. ^ La Tribune December 2010.
  5. ^ "The Richest People in the World". Money.