Philippe Junot

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Philippe Junot
Born (1940-04-29) 29 April 1940 (age 78)
OccupationVenture capitalist, property developer
Known forFirst 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[edit]

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.[1]


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.[2]

Marriages and children[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] In 2005 Philippe Junot had a daughter, Chloé Junot Wendel, with model Helén Wendel.


  1. ^ Kevin Dowling, Fred Hauptfuhrer (3 July 1978). "The Princess & Her Playboy". People. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  2. ^ Saijel Kishan and Katherine Burton (24 December 2008). "L'Oreal Heiress Bettencourt Invested With Madoff (Update3)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  3. ^ "ROYALTY: Love and Marriage in Monaco". Time. 3 July 1978. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  4. ^ Peter McKay (26 October 1987). "The Big Dame Hunters Are A Dying Breed". the Chicago tribune. Retrieved 26 September 2011.