Groupe Bruxelles Lambert

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Groupe Bruxelles Lambert S.A.
Groep Brussel Lambert N.V.
Naamloze vennootschap / Société anonyme
Traded as EuronextGBL
Industry Holding company
Founded 4 January 1902
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Key people
Albert Frère (Chairman and CEO), Gérald Frère (Managing director)
Products Industrial holdings
Profit 640.8 million (2010)[1]
Total assets €15.57 billion (end 2010)[1]
Total equity €14.77 billion (end 2010)[1]
Number of employees
34 (average, 2010)[1]

Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL) is a Belgian industrial holding company. It is one of the ten biggest Belgian companies, and part of the BEL20. It has been listed in Brussels since 1956.

Shareholdings as of 31 December 2014 were:[1]

Company % of share capital % of share in GBL portfolio
Imerys 56.4% 17.4%
Lafarge 21.1% 23.4%
Pernod Ricard 7.5% 12.2%
SGS 15.0% 13.2%
GDF Suez 2.4% 6.7%
Total 3.0% 20.3%
Umicore 12.4% 3.1%

As of 31 December 2004, a company Pargesa Holding S.A. holds 48.0% of the shares of GBL. As GBL holds 4.4% in treasury stock, Pargesa is a majority owner. Pargesa in turn is owned 54.3% by Parjointco, a company owned 50/50 by Agesca, a Dutch holding company and Power Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of the Canadian conglomerate Power Corporation of Canada. Agesca is owned 89.5% by Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille, a Belgian holding controlled by Albert Frère, and 10.5% by the holding Frères Bourgeois, the holding company of Albert Frère and his family. Groupe Bruxelles Lambert formerly owned the Bank Brussels Lambert (BBL), which is now part of the ING group.

GBL was also involved in Drexel Burnham Lambert, having made a sizeable investment in the early 1980s.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Report 2010" (PDF). Groupe Bruxelles Lambert. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Den of Thieves. Stewart, J. B. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991. ISBN 0-671-63802-5.