PARIS: One of France’s richest men, Serge Dassault, has died in his office after suffering heart problems, his family announced on Monday. He was 93.
The head of aviation and software giant Dassault Group, which owns the right-wing Le Figaro newspaper, Dassault was a titan of the French business world who had served as a senator and a mayor of a town south of Paris.
France’s third-wealthiest person – with a net worth estimated by Forbes magazine of €13.bn — died in his office on the Champs-Elysees on Monday afternoon, his family said.
“The family and the Dassault group will communicate shortly about the modalities for paying homage to Mr Serge Dassault,” said the statement from the family sent by his company’s press office.
The Dassault Group holds a majority stake in Dassault Aviation, which makes business and military aircraft including France’s Mirage jet and its most cutting-edge modern-day fighter, the Rafale.