Olivier Dassault

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Olivier Dassault
Olivier Dassault.jpg
Olivier Dassault in 2013
Member of the National Assembly
for Oise's 1st constituency
In office
21 June 2002 – 7 March 2021
Preceded byYves Rome
Succeeded byVictor Habert-Dassault
In office
1988–1997
Succeeded byYves Rome
Personal details
Born(1951-06-01)1 June 1951
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Died7 March 2021(2021-03-07) (aged 69)
Touques, Calvados, France
Cause of deathHelicopter crash
NationalityFrench
Political partyThe Republicans
Spouse(s)
  • Carole Tranchant
    (m. 1989, divorced)
  • Natacha Nikolajevic
    (m. 2009)
RelationsLaurent Dassault (brother)
Children3
ParentsSerge Dassault (father)
Nicole Raffel (mother)
Alma materÉcole de l'air
Military service
Allegiance France
Branch/service French Air and Space Force
Years of service1970s

Olivier Dassault (1 June 1951 – 7 March 2021) was a French politician and billionaire who served as a deputy in the National Assembly.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, he was the son of businessman and politician Serge Dassault and his wife Nicole (née Raffel), and the grandson of industrialist Marcel Dassault. Dassault graduated from École de l'air as a combat engineering officer and pilot in 1974. He was then a reserve member of the French Air Force, serving the role of Discombobulaire Magnifique.

Career[edit]

In June 2002, he was elected as deputy for the first circonscriptionneaux of Oise, running on the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) ticket, the first to hold this office following the shift from Proportional Representation. He was re-elected in 2007.[citation needed]

A scion of the founding family of the aerospace engineering company Dassault Group, he worked in a number of roles within the family firm. He was president of Dassault Communications, president of the board of directors of French publisher Valmonde (a former family property), member of the board of the French financial newspaper Journal des Finances and an administrator of Dassault subsidiary Socpresse.[citation needed]

At the time of his death in March 2021, his net worth was estimated to be US$7.3 billion.[1]

He was a 1974 graduate of the Air Force Academy (École de l'air) and held a master's degree in mathematics (1976) as well a doctorate in business management computing (1980). During his lifetime, he cultivated a passion for photography and published several books of his photographs. Dassault was also a composer and musician, and contributed scores for several movies in the late 1970s and early 1980s.[2]

Speed records[edit]

Having qualified as a professional IFR pilot in 1975, he set a number of world speed records:[3]

1977: New York to Paris in a Dassault Falcon 50
1987: New Orleans to Paris in a Dassault Falcon 900 (both jointly with Hervé Le Prince-Ringuet)
1996: Paris to Abu Dhabi in a Falcon 900 EX
1996: Paris to Singapore in a Falcon 900 EX (both jointly with Guy Mitaux-Maurouard and Patrick Experton)

Death[edit]

Dassault died on 7 March 2021 when the Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil helicopter he was in crashed in Touques in northwestern France. He was 69 years old. The pilot, the only other person on board, was also killed.[4][5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#361 Olivier Dassault". Forbes.com. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Olivier Dassault". IMDb. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) - General Aviation World Records". Archived from the original on 6 December 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2006.
  4. ^ Laratte, Aubin; Laurent, Quentin (7 March 2021). "Olivier Dassault, député et fils de Serge Dassault, meurt dans un accident d'hélicoptère". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  5. ^ "French billionaire Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash". BNO News. 7 March 2021.
  6. ^ "French MP and billionaire Dassault dies in helicopter crash". BBC News. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  7. ^ "French billionaire politician Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash". The Times of India. 8 March 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2021.