Liliane Bettencourt is perhaps one of most talked about billionaire socialite in France. A proportion of that fame comes from her position as biggest shareholder in L'Oréal and one of biggest individual shareholder in Nestle, whereby rest comes from her innate ability to hit newspaper Headlines with one scandal after the other. Most notorious of them were her legal dispute with her daughter due to her favors to a young photographer and alleged charges of illegal donation to Nicolas Sarkozy.
But despite all the bad publicity and issues, there are many unexplored aspects of her life which are by and large ignored by English language media. She is one of role models for rich in terms of her discipline and hard work. Even at this age of eighty plus she goes for long walks daily. Throughout her life she has maintained a rigorous routine which starts at 4 am and includes hours of exercise and activities including cycling, swimming, walking etc. She has also been a generous philanthropist and promotes science research through various scholarship through her trusts for which she was also awarded "La Légion d'honneur", the highest civilian decoration of France.
A colonnaded villa, facing Bréhat was built in 1920s by Liliane's father Eugene Schueller. It is a large 3.9 acres estate with a house of 25 rooms, a tennis court and a swimming pool.
Liliane Bettencourt in her home
It is a situated in a wealthy Paris neighborhood "Neuilly-sur-Seine" on bak of river Siene. This Art Moderne style mansion was built in 1951 after marriage of Andre and Liliane Bettencourt.
Liliane Bettencourt has now sold her private D’Arros Island in the Seychelles for US $60 million. It is an oval-shaped island which is mainly composed of flat coral sand cay. It is 2.0 km long and 990 meters wide, and is nowhere higher than 3 meters. It has a unpaved airstrip and coconut vegetation. It was formerly owned by the prince Shahram Pahlavi Nia of Iran from whom the island was bought in 1998 by an undisclosed owner who was later confirmed as French billionnaire Liliane Bettencourt.
Colonies of sea birds
The Heart of the Amirantes
She is reported to have collection by painters like Chirico, Fernand Léger, Picasso, Girodet, Matisse, Munch, Juan Miro, Braque. Which is worth more than 20 million euros. Her foundation also funded and helped to create "Monet" wing in white house to raise awareness of French Art.
She is fond of swimming, because she loves to keep her self fit and healthy.
One more healthy hobby she received during her childhood from her father.
Liliane Bettencourt owns a dazzling black Mercedes which is a status symbol for rich and famous. This stunning car has black leather interiors and carbon fiber body. She is often spotted driving her car herself.
The royal car
This a perfect holiday destination for isolation lovers as island archipelago is situated about a thousand miles off the eastern coast of Africa. The island is spread over 150,000 square miles (400,000 sq km) of the Indian Ocean with lush vegetation to coral atolls that barely rise out of the sea. Some of the island is home to 150,0000 giant land tortoises—happens to be the second largest atoll in the entire world. The island also offers water sports like scuba diving and under water diving.
Bettencourt Schueller Foundation
Yves Saint Laurent
Apart from other well known brands Liliane has also been spotted wearing Yves Saint Laurent shoes. As YSL is the definition of contemporary luxury, quality and elegance it matches Liliane’s persona very well. She was also friend with designer Yves Saint Laurent and his muse Betty Catroux.
When it comes to hi-end brands the French fashion Chanel cannot be ruled out. Every fashionista owns some or the other accessories made form Chanel and Liliane is not an exception. She is often spotted carrying a Chanel bag and sporting a brand’s dress.
Emanuel Ungaro is one of the very fashionable brands of Paris and is amongst Liliane’s favorite brands. Emanuel Ungaro clothing have a very feminine touch with bold style and which is why she prefers wearing it as office wear.
Liliane Bettencourt is often spotted in world of one of the first Fashion House in Paris Lanvin which seems to be her favorite brand. Right from Lanvin satin dress to perfume she adores all.