France’s top 10 richest drinks barons

6. Vincent Bolloré

Worth: €7.7bn
Company: Groupe Bolloré
Sector: Logistics and transportation

Not as strong a wine link here save that Vincent Bolloré is the owner of two properties in Provence (totalling some 115 hectares of vines), La Croix, a cru classé domaine and its sister property La Bastide Blanche, both of which are near Saint Tropez and which he bought in 2001.

Bolloré acquired something of a reputation as a corporate raider (taking large stakes in companies and then introducing measures to increase its share value but against the wishes of the owners’ desires and practices) during the course of which he came into contact with the Bouygues brothers – also high up on France’s rich list (though not here) and the owners of Château Montrose and now Clos Rougeard as well.

He was finally ousted from their company after a lengthy struggle and with a sizeable capital gain, which must have left the Bouygues brothers thinking he was a right bastide indeed.

Correction: The first version of this slide said Bolloré owned Las Bastide Blanche in Bandol, he does not that is a separate property.

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