Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon
|Head of the House of Bonaparte|
|Period||3 May 1997 – present|
|Predecessor||Louis, Prince Napoléon|
|Heir Presumptive||Prince Jérôme Napoléon|
11 July 1986 |
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
|House||House of Bonaparte|
|Father||Prince Charles Napoléon|
|Mother||Princess Béatrice of the Two Sicilies|
Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon (Jean Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon; born 11 July 1986) is, in the views of some monarchists, head of the former Imperial House of France and heir of the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte.
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. His parents divorced on 2 May 1989, a couple of months before Jean-Christophe's 3rd birthday.
Jean-Christophe is the great-great-great-great-nephew of Emperor Napoleon I of France (who has no legitimate, direct descendants) through the emperor's younger brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia. Through his mother he is a descendant of King Louis XV of France and through his great-grandmother princess Clémentine of Belgium he is a descendant of Louis Philippe I, King of the French, who was the last King to rule France, although Emperor Napoleon III would serve as its last monarch.
Jean-Christophe's grandfather, Louis, Prince Napoléon, died in 1997, stipulating 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 re-married without his father's authorization. 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.
Education and career
Jean-Christophe studied at Lycée Saint Dominique, Neuilly-sur-Seine, from 2001 to 2004, gaining 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 with an MSc in management.
Jean-Christophe has worked and lived 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.
Titles and styles
- 11 July 1986 – 3 May 1997: His Imperial Highness Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon
- 3 May 1997 – present: His Imperial Highness The Prince Napoléon
- 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
- Herbert, Susannah (12 March 1997). "Father and son in battle for the Napoléonic succession". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 4 June 2007.
- F. Billaut (16 December 1997). "Guerre de succession chez les Napoléon". Point de Vue: 18–19.
- Website of the Mexico-France Napoleonic Institute (In French and Spanish)
- Fondation Napoléon
- Renouveau Bonapartiste
Jean-Christophe, Prince NapoléonBorn: 11 July 1986
|Titles in pretence|
Napoléon VI Louis
|— TITULAR —
Emperor of the French
3 May 1997 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1870
Prince Jérôme Napoléon