Philippe Junot

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Philippe Junot
Born (1940-04-29) 29 April 1940 (age 78)
Paris, France
Occupation Venture capitalist, property developer
Known for First husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco
Spouse(s) Princess Caroline of Monaco (m. 1978; div. 1980)
Partner(s) Nina Wendelboe-Larsen
Helén Wendel
Children 4
Parent(s) Michel Junot
Lydia Thykjær

Philippe Junot (born 19 April 1940) is a venture capitalist and property developer with business interests in Paris, New York City, Detroit, and Montreal. 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, and Lydia Thykjær, the daughter of a Danish industrialist. His family's claim to the family of General Jean-Andoche Junot cannot be traced.[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, one of which specialized in housekeeping. 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 settled down with Nina Wendelboe-Larsen in October 1987,[4] and is the father of three children: Victoria, Isabelle, and Alexis. The couple separated 10 years later.

He is also the father of Chloé, born in Paris in 2005, 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.