|Born||Gérard C. Louis-Dreyfus
June 21, 1932
|Died||September 16, 2016
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Nationality||French / American|
|Other names||William Louis-Dreyfus|
|Net worth||US $ 3.4 billion (est.) (October 2006)|
|Title||Ex-Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services|
|Spouse(s)||Judith LeFever Bowles
(m. 1959; div. 1962)
Phyllis B. Louis-Dreyfus
|Children||3, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus|
Dolores Porges (née Neubauer) (1905-1987)
William Louis-Dreyfus (born Gérard C. Louis-Dreyfus; June 21, 1932 – September 16, 2016) was a French-born American businessman. His net worth was estimated at $3.4 billion by Forbes in 2006. He was the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services and the great grandson of Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, founder of Louis Dreyfus Group. He was the father of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Life and career
Louis-Dreyfus was born in Paris in 1932. His great-grandfather Léopold Louis-Dreyfus founded the Louis Dreyfus Group in 1851. His mother, Dolores Porges (née Neubauer), was American-born, the daughter of a Brazilian father and a Mexican mother. His father, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, (1908-2011), was a Frenchman who headed the Louis Dreyfus group. His father, who was Jewish, fought in the French Resistance during World War II. In 1940, Louis-Dreyfus moved to the United States with his mother after her divorce from Pierre. By 1945 he had adopted the name William as a symbol of his integration into American society.
Louis-Dreyfus was chairman of the Poetry Society of America from 1998 to 2008. He was also a poet who has had poems published in publications such as The Hudson Review. Louis-Dreyfus died on September 16, 2016 at the age of 84. His daughter Julia dedicated her 2016 Emmy win to her late father.
In October 2012, Dreyfus published a full page ad in The New York Times titled "A Call To Arms To The Wealthy To Protect The Right To Vote" encouraging wealthy people in the United States to fight voter suppression. Dreyfus himself donated $1 million.
First Wife: Judith (née LeFever) Bowles. Divorced, 1962.
Child With Judith Bowles:
- Emmy winning-actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, born January 13, 1961, co-star, in the role of Elaine Benes, of the NBC television sitcom Seinfeld, star of the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, and star of HBO series Veep.
Second Wife: Phyllis B. Louis-Dreyfus.
Children With Phyllis Louis-Dreyfus:
- social worker Phoebe Émilie Dominique Louis-Dreyfus Eavis (born May 1968). In 1996, she married English financial journalist Peter Eavis at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bedford, New York.
- social worker Emma R. Louis-Dreyfus (born 1974).
One cousin is Jean Louis-Dreyfus, grandson of the family business founder, Léopold Louis-Dreyfus. Another cousin is Robert Louis-Dreyfus, the former chief executive officer of Adidas.
- "Gérard Louis-Dreyfus & family". Forbes.com. October 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- "Gerard Louis Dreyfus Executive Biography". Louis Dreyfus Group. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- Legal Eagle: PORGES v. LOUIS-DREYFUS, 280 A.D. 277 (1952) Dolores N. Porges, Appellant-Respondent, v. Guy P. Louis-Dreyfus, Respondent-Appellant, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Department. June 3, 1952
- Rootsweb: "Dowling Family Genealogy" retrieved August 16, 2013
- "Louis Dreyfus Dead at 102". Retrieved 2011-06-11.
- TVtropolis June 1, 2006 (2006-06-01). "Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Seinfeld". Canada.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- Redmond, Kimberly (September 18, 2016). "William Louis-Dreyfus, actress' dad, dies at age 84". The Journal News. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
- "Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals Billionaire Father's Death During Tearful Emmys Acceptance Speech". ExtraTV. September 18, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
- "Billionaire William Louis-Dreyfus Calls On Fellow Rich To Battle Voter Suppression". Huffington Post. October 2, 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "BA call to arms to the wealthy to protect the right to vote". Brennan Center For Justice. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- New York Times: Marriages: "Phoebe Louis-Dreyfus, Peter Eavis" October 20, 1996
- Talking Biz News: "Ex-WSJer Eavis to join NYT" by Chris Roush November 28, 2011