Le classement 2022 de Challenges a été publié début 2022.
The 2022 Challenges Leaderboard was released in early 2022. (© Adobe Stock)

The ranking is awaited with trepidation. Every year, the business magazine Challenges draw up the list and portrait of the 500 greatest fortunes in France. The title returns to the evolution of French fortunes: falls and successes.

Bernard Arnault, the richest man in France

We always find it in the national top 10 Bernard Arnault in the lead with 149 billion euros of professional assets. The pope of luxury, however, sees his fortune decline even if he remains much ahead of the second Alain and Gérard Wertheimer and their family, heirs of the luxury group Chanel.

In the top ten we also find the Hermès family (78 billion), Rodolphe Saadé (the CMA-CGM carrier with 36 billion), François Pinault (Kering luxury group, 30 billion) or Gérard Mulliez and his family with 22 billion. thanks to its Auchan or Decathlon brands.

Bernard Arnault's CEO during a conference at the École Polytechnique in 2017
Bernard Arnault’s CEO during a conference at the École Polytechnique in 2017 (© Polytechnic School – J.Barande)

Let’s take stock of the biggest fortunes of Lyon and its region, billionaires or millionaires.

  • The billionaire club

Alain Mérieux leads in Lyon with 6.8 billion

The greatest fortune in the Lyon region remains the businessman Alain Mérieux. With 6.8 billion euros of professional assets, he even sees his wealth increase in one year (6.6 billion in 2021). However, he loses two positions in the national ranking (18th in 2022, 16th in 2021).

The business of the pharmaceutical company Biomérieux, which owns 58.9% with its family, has been boosted by the health crisis by launching a screening test for Covid-19 in 2020.

Alain Mérieux is Lyon's greatest fortune.
Alain Mérieux is Lyon’s greatest fortune. (© Wikimedia)

Lescure family (Tefal, Seb…): a bad year

The Lescure family fell sharply in the ranking from 38th to 52nd place nationwide with a fortune of 2.3 billion euros compared to 3.5 billion a year ago. The descendants of the inventor of the pressure cooker own the leader in kitchen equipment with the famous brands Seb, Tefal and Moulinex …

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A negative year for Lescure’s fate despite the record results in 2021 for the Seb group, which is based in Ecully, on the outskirts of Lyon.

Laurent Burelle and his family: their fortune is halving

Growing in 2021, the fortune of the Burelle family is halved in 2022. The owners of Plastic Omnium, a business linked to automotive production, this year went from 52nd to 90th place with assets that went from 2.2 billion to 1 billion. , 3 billion.

Norbert Dentressangle and his family return to over 2 billion

The owners of the real estate group earn two more places in the ranking with a fortune of 2.1 billion euros compared to 1.9 billion in 2021.

They sold their transport group to XPO, these Lyons made several investments in real estate, technology and even wine. They move from 58th to 56th place.

Christian Latouche and his family at 2 billion

The family spends over $ 2 billion in professional fortunes with its Fiducial group, which specializes in accounting, consulting and office supplies. The billionaire from Lyon also owns two media, the magazine Lyon capital And Southern Radio.

Exceeding 2 billion euros, the family goes from 63rd to 58th place.

Léo and Patrick Bahadourian: stable luck for Grand Frais

The two Lyon owners of EEF, which is a capital partner of the famous Grand Frais brand, are stable with a fortune of 1.3 billion euros. However, they drop in the overall standings, from 77th to 90th place in 2022.

Families of Grandy and Bagnault de Puchesse: the last billion

These families exceed one billion, stable at 113th place. The family owns a group that has made dozens of acquisitions in the industrial, construction, hardware and metallurgy sectors.

  • The millionaire club

Bruno Rousset is approaching one billion

The owner of the Evolem group (health, services, free time, etc.) advances with assets of 900 million euros against 850 million and approaches the billionaire club. This Lyon entrepreneur has invested a large part of his fortune in real estate.

David and Laurent Despinasse: Grand Frais pays off big

The second branch of the Grand Frais group, that of the butcher’s shop, is owned by these two Lyons and their family. Falling from 134th to 170th place, their fortune stuck at 700 million euros.

Christian Boiron and his family exceed half a billion

The owners of the Boiron laboratories exceed the threshold of 500 million euros, an increase in wealth but a drop in the ranking (230th instead of 215th).

The family owns 70% of the first homeopathy company, which has diversified into health products reimbursed by social security.

The owners of the Boiron laboratories exceed the milestone of 500 million euros.
The owners of the Boiron laboratories exceed the milestone of 500 million euros. (© Richard Mouillaud / Boiron)

Foriel-Destezet family: heirs of Adecco

The family of the co-founder of Adecco, world leader in temporary work, inherited 4.3% of the company’s capital. His fortune dropped to 325 million euros instead of 480 in 2021.

The founder of the group Philippe Foriel-Destezet, who passed away a year ago, also donated 1 million euros to the City of Lyon.

Jean-Michel Aulas and his family: the resale of OL is underway

The Lyonnais and his family are selling Olympique Lyonnais to an American billionaire. The famous Ligue 1 club owner has also reinvested in real estate and private equity. His fortune is estimated at 420 million euros. The Aulas are back in the standings from 232nd place to 282th.

Jean-Michel Aulas has regularly expressed concern about the French football economy in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.
Jean-Michel Aulas has regularly expressed concern about the French football economy in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. (© François Hamelin / Lyon news / illustration)

Jean-Claude Lavorel: Luxury hotels pay big

The former Lyon industrialist has developed a group that owns crèches, a river company and a dozen luxury hotels. The owner of Lavorel Hotels is in 282th place, ahead of Jean-Michel Aulas with a similar fortune of 420 million euros.

Guy Mathiolon: stability for this Lyonnais in the construction sector

The family that owns the Serfim group (BTP) is stable with assets of 330 million euros. She was her daughter who was appointed general manager of the group a few months ago.

Sophie Defforey and her family: GL Events investor

The daughter of the founder of Carrefour entered the ranking Challenges in 2021. His fortune remains stable at 250 million euros but drops from 397th to 447th place. He has made investments in the real estate and financial sectors. He has also pledged money for GL Events, a global event giant based in Lyon …

Jean-Claude Condamin: the “smallest” fortune

This is Lyon’s weakest luck at the bottom of the national rankings. At 484 seats, this Lyonnais and his family own the developer Sogelym specializing in construction and real estate. Their fortune reaches 220 million instead of 200 million.

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