|Occupation||Venture capitalist, property developer|
|Known for||First husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco|
Princess Caroline of Monaco
(m. 1978; div. 1980)
|Partner(s)||Nina Wendelboe-Larsen |
Philippe Junot (born 19 April 1940) is a venture capitalist and property developer with business interests in Paris, and New York City. He is also known as the first husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco.
Background and family
He is the son of Michel Junot, Deputy Mayor of Paris, former President of Maison de l'Europe, and Lydia Thykjær, the daughter of a Danish industrialist. He is also a descendant of General Jean-Andoche Junot serving Napoleon. Their family name figures on the world famous monument Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Junot started his career in the United States (he was an early investor in the Jack in the Box fast-food hamburger chain), and then formed a series of small start up companies in France, raging from real estate to renewable energy. Philippe Junot is one of the founders of Access International Advisors Group (AIA Group), a hedge fund platform. He was among the large number of investors to be duped by Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme which collapsed in late 2008.
Marriages and children
In Monaco, he married civilly on 28 June 1978, and religiously on 29 June, Princess Caroline, eldest daughter of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and former Hollywood icon Grace Kelly. The couple were divorced on 9 October 1980. He married Nina Wendelboe-Larsen in October 1987, and they have three children: Victoria, Isabelle and Alexis. They separated in 1997. In 2005 Philippe Junot had a daughter, Chloé Junot Wendel, with model Helén Wendel.
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