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Portrait de Vincent Bolloré
Vincent Bolloré
Birthday : 04/01/1952
Place of birth : Boulogne-Billancourt (92) - France
Country of residence : France
Linked companies : Havas SA - Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd - Bollore SA - Financiere de l'Odet SA
Biography

His last name is printed on each sheet of cigarette paper OCB. Dating back over a century, the brand OCB also means “Odet-Cascadec-Bolloré”. According to the family legend, René Bolloré was the first to rent the mill of Cascadec powered by the river Isole and another one. It was in 1822, and the aim was to produce writing paper and cigarette paper.

Over a century later, Vincent Bolloré was born in Paris suburbs and began his career at the famous bank Rothschild. His attachment to his Breton roots and his family is present in the organization of the group: the capital of his holding company, Groupe Bolloré, is 65 % owned by Financière de l’Odet. The group holds different subsidiaries as Financière du Loch, Financière de Sainte-Marine, Financière Perguet, Guénolé Company. His old friend Antoine Bernheim, who chairs the Italian insurer Generali calls this system “the system of Breton pulleys”. In fact, this system allows to control many companies with a small initial bet. There is leverage but not indebtedness.

The structure of Bolloré group is much less complicated than in the past, but is reorganization takes time. In order to reduce the “holding company discount”, Vincent Bolloré has undertaken to simplify the structure of the conglomerate, about 30 000 employees. Most of them are employed by a large logistic division, which cohabits with various activities: special papers, power distribution, high-performance battery, terminals for airports…Since the beginning of the decade, medias are also part of Bolloré Group’s businesses. Vincent Bolloré keeps up many political friendships.

Vincent Bolloré is also a "raider" on the stock exchange market (Ingenico, Vallourec).

According to Challenges, his fortune was estimated in 2011 at 3.8 billion euros. This is the tenth French fortune.

Bibliographie
Tous ego : Havas, moi et les autres, written by Jacques Séguéla. Jean-Claude Gawsewitch, 2005. In french

Portrait de l'homme d'affaires en prédateur, written by Catherine Vuillermot and Michel Villette. La Découverte, 2005. In french.

Vincent Bolloré : enquête sur un capitaliste au-dessus de tout soupçon, written by Nathalie Raulin. Denoël, 2000. In french.
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Latest news about Vincent Bolloré 
Green car hire scheme comes to london
03/13 - LONDON drivers will from next year be able to hire an electric car for 15 minutes at a time, along the lines of the Paris Autolib scheme, under plans unveiled by French industrialist Vincent Bollore yesterday.
French billionaire Bollore brings electric hire cars to London
03/12 - LONDON (Reuters) - First it was pedal power; now Londoners are being offered electric transport to dodge their way around the city.
London to get green car-sharing after charging station handover
01/29 - THE FRENCH company taking over London's network of electric car charging stations will this week start talks to install new chargers and eventually launch a car-sharing scheme similar to Autolib' in
Italy watchdog fines Bollore three million euro for market rigging
01/27 - MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's stock market watchdog has fined French industrialist and activist investor Vincent Bollore 3 million euros (2 million pounds) for manipulating the share price of the former holding company that controlled insurer Fondiaria-SAI.
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