Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon

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Prince Napoléon
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Prince Jean-Christophe in 2006
Head of the House of Bonaparte (disputed)
Tenure3 May 1997 – present
PredecessorLouis, Prince Napoléon
Heir PresumptivePrince Jérôme Napoléon
Born (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 34)
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Full name
Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon
FatherPrince Charles Napoléon
MotherPrincess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoleon (birth name: Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon; born 11 July 1986, France) is the disputed head of the former Imperial House of France, and the disputed heir of Napoleon Bonaparte, the First Emperor of the French.

Family background[edit]

Prince Jean-Christophe was born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France. He is the son of Prince Charles Napoléon and his first wife Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, daughter of the late Prince Ferdinand of Bourbon, Duke of Castro, a claimant to headship of the former Royal House of the Two Sicilies.[1] His parents divorced on 2 May 1989, two months before Jean-Christophe's 3rd birthday.

Jean-Christophe is the great-great-great-great-nephew of Emperor Napoleon I (who has no legitimate direct descendants) through the emperor's youngest brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia. Through his mother, he is a descendant of King Louis XIV of France and through his great-grandmother, Princess Clémentine of Belgium, he descends from Leopold II of Belgium, William IV, Prince of Orange, Charles III of Spain, Frederick William I of Prussia, George II of Great Britain and Louis Philippe I, King of the French, who was the last king to rule France, while his great-great-grandfather was Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, the cousin of the Emperor Napoleon III, France's most recent monarch.

Prince Napoléon[edit]

Jean-Christophe's grandfather, Louis, Prince Napoléon, died in 1997 and stipulated in his will that he wished his 11-year-old grandson Jean-Christophe to succeed him as Head of the Imperial House of France rather than the boy's father, Charles, who had embraced republican principles and decided to remarry without his father's consent.[2] Despite the dynastic dispute, Jean-Christophe's father has stated that "there will never be conflict" between him and his son over the imperial succession.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Jean-Christophe studied at Lycée Saint Dominique in Neuilly-sur-Seine from 2001 to 2004, obtaining a baccalauréat with honours in the sciences and mathematics. From 2004 to 2006, he studied economics and mathematics at the Institut Privé de Préparation aux Études Supérieures (IPESUP) in Paris. Jean-Christophe matriculated at the HEC School of Management in Paris, graduating in 2011 with an MSc in management.[citation needed]

He completed an MBA at Harvard Business School in May 2017.[4] Since then, he has worked as a private equity associate in the London office of the Blackstone Group.[5]

He has lived and worked in New York City as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley and in London as a private equity associate for Advent International. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.[citation needed] He represents his dynasty's heritage at public events and ceremonies in France and elsewhere in Europe.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On October 17, 2019, he contracted a civil marriage with Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg at Neuilly-sur-Seine. On October 19, 2019, the couple were married religiously by the Roman Catholic bishop Antoine de Romanet at the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris. The wedding ball took place at the Palace of Fontainebleau.






  1. ^ de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 437, 442 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. ^ Herbert, Susannah (12 March 1997). "Father and son in battle for the Napoléonic succession". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 June 2007.
  3. ^ F. Billaut (16 December 1997). "Guerre de succession chez les Napoléon". Point de Vue: 18–19.
  4. ^ "Le prince Napoléon, un homme d'avenir". Point de Vue. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte". NOAH Conference. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ O'Reilly, Edward (24 January 2019). "Did You Know? The Tale of the three Frenchmen who still lay claim to the throne". The Local. Stockholm. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 28 January 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Grand Magistral Appointments to the Constantinian Order and Royal Order of Francis I - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 29 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  9. ^ "City of London Banquet in Honour of HIH The Prince Napoleon - Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 30 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon
Born: 11 July 1986
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Napoléon VI Louis
Emperor of the French
3 May 1997 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1870
Prince Jérôme Napoléon