Françoise Bettencourt Meyers

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Françoise Bettencourt Meyers
Françoise Bettencourt

(1953-07-10) 10 July 1953 (age 67)
OccupationChairwoman L'Oréal
Net worthUS$74.8 billion (December 2020)[1]
Spouse(s)Jean-Pierre Meyers
Parent(s)André Bettencourt
Liliane Bettencourt
RelativesEugène Schueller (maternal grandfather)

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃swaz bɛtɑ̃kuʁ mɛjɛʁs]) is a French billionaire heiress. Raised a to be a strict Catholic,[2] she has written several Bible commentaries and works on Jewish-Christian relations.[3] She is the only daughter and heiress of Liliane Bettencourt, and her family owns the company L'Oréal.[4] She married Jean-Pierre Meyers, the grandson of a rabbi murdered at Auschwitz, and they decided to raise their children Jean-Victor (* 1986) and Nicolas (* 1988) as Jewish.[3] Her marriage caused controversy because of her grandfather Eugène Schueller's trial for collaboration with the Nazi government; he was L'Oreal's founder.[5]

In 2008, she sued François-Marie Banier for taking money from her mother,[5] and she started proceedings to have her mother declared mentally incompetent. The revelations in the secret recordings that she used in evidence led to the Woerth-Bettencourt scandal. In December 2010, Bettencourt Meyers announced that she had settled out of court with both her mother and Banier.[6] Her mother died in September 2017 when her net worth was about $39.5 billion, which makes Bettencourt Meyers among the top 20 richest people in the world. As of October 2019, she is the richest woman in the world, with an estimated fortune of $59.3 billion, according to Bloomberg.[7]

After a fire severely damaged Notre-Dame de Paris, Bettencourt Meyers and L'Oréal donated $226 million to repair the cathedral.[8]


  • The Greek gods. Genealogy (Les Dieux grecs. Généalogies), Paris, éd.
  • 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. ^ "Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family". Retrieved 2 Jan 2021.
  2. ^ "Meet the New 'World's Richest Woman,' a 64-Year-Old Expert on Greek Gods Who Shuns the Spotlight". Money. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  3. ^ a b Les Échos, December 2009.
  4. ^ "L'Oréal Finance : Share Ownership". Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b The Guardian, July 10, 2010
  6. ^ La Tribune December 2010.
  7. ^ "The 500 richest of the world from Bloomberg". Money. 31 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-07-17.