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Famous Entrepreneurs from France

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List of notable or famous entrepreneurs from France, with bios and photos, including the top entrepreneurs born in France and even some popular entrepreneurs who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French entrepreneurs then this list is the perfect resource for you. These entrepreneurs are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known entrepreneur from France is included when available.

List is made up of people like Pierre Omidyar and Jack LaLanne.

This historic entrepreneurs from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French entrepreneurs of note?" and "Who are the most famous entrepreneurs from France?" These prominent entrepreneurs of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French entrepreneurs.

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    André A. Jackson

    André Action Diakité Jackson, more commonly known by his African clan name "M’Zée Fula-Ngenge", is a French diamond industrialist and head of JFPI Corporation, Africa's largest holding company. Jackson is the world's first diamond manufacturer of African descent and is also the architect and Chairman of both the African Diamond Council and the African Diamond Producers Association, the two umbrella bodies representing diamond-producing countries in Africa....  more
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
  • Bernard Tapie (French pronunciation: ​[bɛʁnaʁ tapi]; born 26 January 1943) is a French businessman, politician and occasional actor, singer, and TV host. He was Minister of City Affairs in the government of Pierre Bérégovoy....  more
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar (May 5, 1785 – March 12, 1870) was a French inventor and entrepreneur best known for designing, patenting and manufacturing the first commercially successful mechanical calculator, the Arithmometer, and for founding the insurance companies Le Soleil and L'aigle which, under his leadership, became the number one insurance group in France at the beginning of the Second Empire....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1785-1870)
    • Birthplace: Colmar, France
  • Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps, GCSI (French: [də lesɛps]; 19 November 1805 – 7 December 1894) was a French diplomat and later developer of the Suez Canal, which in 1869 joined the Mediterranean and Red Seas, substantially reducing sailing distances and times between Europe and East Asia. He attempted to repeat this success with an effort to build a Panama Canal at sea level during the 1880s, but the project was devastated by epidemics of malaria and yellow fever in the area, as well as beset by financial problems, and the planned de Lesseps Panama Canal was never completed. Eventually, the project was bought out by the United States, which solved the medical problems and changed the...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 89 (1805-1894)
    • Birthplace: Versailles, France