PARIS (Reuters) – French billionaire Olivier Dassault was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash, a police supply mentioned, with President Emmanuel Macron paying tribute to the 69-year outdated conservative politician.
Dassault was the eldest son of late French billionaire industrialist Serge Dassault, whose namesake Dassault Aviation, builds the Rafale warfare planes and owns Le Figaro newspaper.
“Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts on his family and loved ones,” Macron mentioned on Twitter.
The personal helicopter crashed on Sunday afternoon in Normandy, the place he has a vacation residence, based on a police supply. The pilot was additionally killed.
A lawmaker for the conservative Les Republicains celebration since 2002, Dassault was thought of the 361st richest man on this planet alongside his two brothers and sister, with wealth of about 6 billion euros ($7.15 billion) principally inherited from his father, based on the 2020 Forbes wealthy listing.
He stepped down from his function on the board of Dassault attributable to his political function to keep away from any battle of curiosity.
Olivier, seen as the favourite of founder Marcel, was as soon as thought of favored to succeed Serge on the head of the household holding, however that function went to former Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne.
“Great sadness at the news of the sudden passing of Olivier Dassault,” Valerie Pecresse, a conservative politician who’s president of the Paris area, mentioned on Twitter.
“A businessman, but also a renowned photographer, he had a passion for politics in his blood, rooted in his department of Oise. My warm thoughts to his family.”
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