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The Bettencourt Affair - The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris-logo

The Bettencourt Affair - The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris

Tom Sancton

Heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L'Oréal fortune, Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life has taken a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade. At ninety-four, she's now embroiled in what has been called the Bettencourt Affair, a scandal that dominated the headlines in France. Why? It's a tangled web of hidden secrets, divided loyalties, frayed relationships, and fractured families, set in the most romantic city—and involving the most glamorous industry—in the world. The Bettencourt Affair started as a family drama but quickly became a massive scandal, uncovering L'Oréal's shadowy corporate history and buried World War II secrets. From the Right Bank mansions to the Left Bank artist havens; and from the Bettencourts' servant quarters to the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy; all of Paris was shaken by the blockbuster case, the shocking reversals, and the surprising final victim. It all began when Liliane met François-Marie Banier, an artist and photographer who was, in his youth, the toast of Paris and a protégé of Salvador Dalí. Over the next two decades, Banier was given hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts, cash, and insurance policies by Liliane. What, exactly, was their relationship? It wasn't clear, least of all to Liliane's daughter and only child, Françoise, who became suspicious of Banier's motives and filed a lawsuit against him. But Banier has a far different story to tell... The Bettencourt Affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; and part characterdriven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart.

Heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L'Oréal fortune, Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life has taken a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade. At ninety-four, she's now embroiled in what has been called the Bettencourt Affair, a scandal that dominated the headlines in France. Why? It's a tangled web of hidden secrets, divided loyalties, frayed relationships, and fractured families, set in the most romantic city—and involving the most glamorous industry—in the world. The Bettencourt Affair started as a family drama but quickly became a massive scandal, uncovering L'Oréal's shadowy corporate history and buried World War II secrets. From the Right Bank mansions to the Left Bank artist havens; and from the Bettencourts' servant quarters to the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy; all of Paris was shaken by the blockbuster case, the shocking reversals, and the surprising final victim. It all began when Liliane met François-Marie Banier, an artist and photographer who was, in his youth, the toast of Paris and a protégé of Salvador Dalí. Over the next two decades, Banier was given hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts, cash, and insurance policies by Liliane. What, exactly, was their relationship? It wasn't clear, least of all to Liliane's daughter and only child, Françoise, who became suspicious of Banier's motives and filed a lawsuit against him. But Banier has a far different story to tell... The Bettencourt Affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; and part characterdriven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart.
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Heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L'Oréal fortune, Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life has taken a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade. At ninety-four, she's now embroiled in what has been called the Bettencourt Affair, a scandal that dominated the headlines in France. Why? It's a tangled web of hidden secrets, divided loyalties, frayed relationships, and fractured families, set in the most romantic city—and involving the most glamorous industry—in the world. The Bettencourt Affair started as a family drama but quickly became a massive scandal, uncovering L'Oréal's shadowy corporate history and buried World War II secrets. From the Right Bank mansions to the Left Bank artist havens; and from the Bettencourts' servant quarters to the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy; all of Paris was shaken by the blockbuster case, the shocking reversals, and the surprising final victim. It all began when Liliane met François-Marie Banier, an artist and photographer who was, in his youth, the toast of Paris and a protégé of Salvador Dalí. Over the next two decades, Banier was given hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts, cash, and insurance policies by Liliane. What, exactly, was their relationship? It wasn't clear, least of all to Liliane's daughter and only child, Françoise, who became suspicious of Banier's motives and filed a lawsuit against him. But Banier has a far different story to tell... The Bettencourt Affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; and part characterdriven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Amanda Carlin

Length:

13h 54m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:14


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:37


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:43


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:19


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:39


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:36


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:54


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:26


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:12


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:33


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:40


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:55


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:41


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:23


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:12


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:42


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:55


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:52


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:00


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:27


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:09


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:43


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:24


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:58


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:04


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:23


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:58


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:45


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:17


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:36


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:40


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:49


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:00


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:29


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:49


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:21


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:11


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:45


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:08


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:09


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:50


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:21


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:54


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:30


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:24


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:20


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:21


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:53


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:14


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:24


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:52


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:13


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:08


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:24


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:48


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:36


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:38


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:56


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:13


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:16


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:54


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:06


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:35


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:47


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:59


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:21


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:56


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:18


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:25


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:10


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:01


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

00:37