Marie Besnier Beauvalot is a member of the rich Besnier family that owns Lactalis, which is a multi-national dairy products corporation that’s headquartered in Laval Mayenne, France. At 34 years of age, she is the youngest female billionaire in France, and the 2nd youngest female billionaire in the world. On the 2013 Forbes list of the youngest billionaires, she holds the number 8 spot. Together with her siblings, she inherited her family’s vast fortune that derives from the company that is considered to be France’s dairy giant. Her net worth was estimated to be $1.5 billion as of March 2013.
Net Worth: $1.5 Billion
Source: Inheritance, Lactalis
Born: 1980 (Age 34)
Marital Status: Married
Marie Besnier Beauvalot Background
Marie was born 34 years ago in France. She is a sibling to two other billionaires namely Emmanuel Besnier and Jean-Michel Besnier. Marie is an heir to their family fortune that derives from a privately-owned company known as Lactalis, which was founded in the 1930s by their grandfather by the name André Besnier. The siblings own 100% of the company, whose revenues are in billions of Euros.
Forbes has listed Marie as the second youngest female billionaire in the world, and the 8th youngest billionaire in the world. She has also been listed as the 974th richest person on earth by Forbes, with an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion. The majority of her fortune is derived from inheritance.
Lactalis is the company in which Marie Besnier Beauvalot derives most of her fortune from. This is a multi-national corporation that produces the popular Président brie as well as other brands of yogurt, milk, baby formula, milk drinks, milk powder and cheese. This dairy-product producing company was founded in 1933 by Andre Besnier, who is the grandfather to Marie, Jean-Michel Besnier (45) and Emmanuel Besnier (42). This company is the second largest food products groups in France, and the largest dairy products group in the world. The four siblings share 100% stakes of the company amongst themselves. Emmanuel Besnier is the acting CEO of this multi-national corporation.
Lactalis owns brands such as Société, Sorrento, Président, Bridel, Valmont and Rachel’s Organic. This multi-national company owns not less than 198 industrial sites in 55 countries, including USA, United Kingdom Egypt, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Italy, Russia, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Ukraine, Spain, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Croatia and Czech Republic among others.
This company’s financials that seemed to be opaque were brought to light when the Besnier Company acquired a majority stake in Parmalat in 2011. Parmalat is an Italian milk manufacturer, which the Besnier family acquired through another holding company. At the time it was acquired by the Besnier family, Parmalat was on the verge of severe bankruptcy that led its founder to jail. This company has 38,000 employees based in France, and about 16,500 employees that are based out of France, at about 44 production sites.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot is a married woman, who together with her husband resides in France.