Philanthropists in France
No.1: Bernard Arnault
Forbes estimated his wealth to be $37 billion, making him the 13th richest person in the world and the richest in France.
He is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH since 1989
No.2: Serge Dassault & family
In 2004, he became a senator, and in this position, he has been an outspoken advocate of conservative positions on economic and employment issues, claiming that France's taxes and workforce regulations ruin its entrepreneurs.
No.3: Liliane Bettencourt
In 1987 Bettencourt, together with her husband and daughter, founded the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation (la Fondation Bettencourt Schueller) to support and develop medical, cultural and humanitarian projects.
No.4: Patrick Drah
Drahi reportedly established a Computation and Communication Laboratory for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. The donation was worth more than $3 million.
No.5: Xavier Niel
Niel started "École 42" with a 70 million euro donation.
He has no plans for it to make money, ever.