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Liliane Bettencourt
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    (October 21, 1922-September 21, 2017)
    Born in Paris, France
    Birth name is Liliane Henriette Charlotte Schueller
    Only child of L’Oreal founder Eugene Schueller
    Married politician Andre Bettencourt (1950-2007)
    Net worth at death: $44.3 billion
    According to Forbes, was the world’s richest woman and the richest citizen of France
    Her father and her husband were members of La Cagoule, a pro-Nazi fascist group.
    Like Norma Desmond in 'Sunset Blvd.,' she surrounded herself with photos of herself in younger, more glamorous days.
    Over two decades, she gave more than $1 billion in cash, insurance policies, art and other gifts to celebrity photographer Francois-Marie Banier.
    Her daughter, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, sued Banier for allegedly exploiting Liliane (2007), leading to a bitter estrangement between the mother and daughter, who would often communicate solely through media interviews.
    The family feud turned into a political scandal when tape recordings secretly made by her butler leaked to the media, revealing discussions of secret Swiss bank accounts, tax avoidance, and illegal campaign contributions (2010).
    Her former accountant testified that her duties included regularly handing envelopes of cash to conservative politicians, including a total of 150,000 euros to the presidential campaign of Nicholas Sarkozy.
    She began working at L’Oreal as an apprentice when she was fifteen and modeled for the company’s early labels.
    She donated 150 million euros to establish the Bettencourt Scheuller Foundation to fund medical research, cultural projects and humanitarian relief (1987).
    She lost $25 million to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
    Banier and seven of her servants were convicted of swindling $1 billion from her (2015).

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