Olivier Sarkozy

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Olivier Sarkozy
Olivier Sarkozy, 2011.jpg
Sarkozy at London Business School
Private Equity conference, 2011
Born (1969-05-26) May 26, 1969 (age 46)[1][2]
Occupation Banker

Charlotte Bernard (1997–2011 divorced)

Mary-Kate Olsen (2014-present)
Children 2
Relatives Guillaume Sarkozy (half-brother)
Nicolas Sarkozy (half-brother)
Jean Sarkozy (nephew)

Olivier Sarkozy (born May 26, 1969)[1][2] is a French banker based in the United States. His half-brother is Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France.

Early life[edit]

Olivier Sarkozy was born in France to Pal Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa, of Hungarian descent, and Christine de Ganay, of French descent. His father was previously married to Andrée Mallah and had three children with her, including Nicolas and Guillaume, whom Sarkozy met with weekly during his early childhood. Christine de Ganay divorced Pal Sarkozy, and then married Frank G. Wisner, an American diplomat, when Sarkozy was seven years of age. He spent the rest of his childhood and adolescence outside France, living in Zambia, Egypt, and at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, USA, though Sarkozy still met his half-brothers during the summer months. Sarkozy later studied at the University of St Andrews, where he earned an M.A. in medieval history.[1]


In 1990 Sarkozy was hired by American investment bank Dillon, Read & Co.. He left three years later to join Credit Suisse First Boston, where he held several senior posts, including Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group.[3]

While at CSFB, Sarkozy advised Wachovia in its merger of equals with First Union and concurrent defense against a competing hostile proposal from Suntrust, Dime Bancorp in its merger with Washington Mutual, CoreStates Financial in its sale to First Union, and Wells Fargo in its merger with Norwest Corporation and acquisition of First Interstate, and others.[1]

In January 2003 he joined UBS Investment Bank, where he was Global Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group. At UBS, he worked on such transactions as Sallie Mae's attempt to go private and subsequent recapitalization, ABN Amro's $21 billion sale of LaSalle Bank to Bank of America, Mellon's $17 billion merger of equals with the Bank of New York, Charles Schwab's sale of U.S. Trust to Bank of America, MBNA's $36 billion sale to Bank of America, Wachovia's $14 billion acquisition of Southtrust, National Commerce's $7 billion sale to Suntrust, and Regions Financial's $6 billion merger of equals with Union Planters.[citation needed]

Sarkozy was responsible for CIBC's $2.9 billion recapitalization and Sallie Mae's $3.0 billion recapitalization. He also acted as lead advisor in a number of other notable transactions, including Dime Bancorp's private placement of preferred and other equity securities to Warburg Pincus, as part of their successful defense against a hostile tender offer from North Fork to the recapitalization of Glendale Federal Bank, representing the then- largest recapitalization in history. On March 3, 2008, he was appointed Co-head and Managing Director of the Carlyle Group's Global Financial Services Group. Olivier Sarkozy is based in New York City and is a member of the Board of Directors of BankUnited.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Olivier Sarkozy married Charlotte Bernard, a freelance fashion writer and author of children's books who grew up in Paris. They were officially married in Nantucket, but had a second wedding in France, performed by his half-brother, Nicolas as mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine. They have two children.[2]

In 2010, they separated. Charlotte filed for divorce in New York, and asked that the pre-nuptial agreement filed in France be set aside. The divorce was granted in 2011.

Beginning in 2012, Sarkozy dated U.S. actress, fashion designer, and businessperson Mary-Kate Olsen, who is 17 years his junior. The two were married in a small private ceremony in September of 2014 a few months after their engagement was announced on March 2.


  1. ^ a b c d Olson, Parmy (2007-05-09). "The Other Sarkozy: Big Apple Dealmaker". Forbes. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b c Grove, Lloyd (2007-11-12). "Expatriate Games". New York. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b "The Carlyle Group Names Olivier Sarkozy Co-head of Global Financial Services Group". The Carlyle Group. 2008-03-03. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-04-19.