Author(s): Sancton, Tom
At the time of her death at age ninety-four, in September 2017, Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L'Oreal fortune, was the world's richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life took a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade, when she became embroiled in a scandal that dominated the headlines in France.
The Bettencourt Affair, as it came to be called, started as a family drama but quickly became a massive scandal, uncovering L'Oreal's shadowy corporate history and buried World War II secrets. It all began when Liliane met Fran ois-Marie Banier, an artist and photographer who was, in his youth, the toast of Paris and a protege of Salvador Dali. Over the next two decades, Banier was given hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts, cash, and insurance policies by Liliane. What, exactly, was their relationship? It wasn't clear, least of all to Liliane's daughter and only child, Fran oise, who became suspicious of Banier's motives and filed a lawsuit against him. But Banier has a far different story to tell . . .
About the author:
Tom Sancton was a longtime Paris bureau chief for Time magazine, where he wrote more than fifty cover stories. He first broke the Bettencourt Affair for many American readers with his feature piece in Vanity Fair in 2010. Sancton coauthored the New York Times (and international) bestseller Death of a Princess, a probing investigation of the murky circumstances behind Princess Diana's death. He has also written for Fortune, Reader's Digest, Newsweek, and other leading magazines. A Rhodes scholar who studied at Harvard and Oxford, he is currently a research professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he spends part of the year. In 2014, the French government named Tom Sancton a Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 20181001
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Product Form: Paperback / softback
Dimensions (LxWxH): 208 mm138 mm24 mm
Weight: 336 gr