French heir, politician and business executive Serge Dassault has an estimated net worth of $16 billion as of 2015, according to Forbes. He is the chairman and CEO of Dassault Group, a company started by his father Marcel Dassault in 1929.
The conservative politician was born Serge Bloch on 4 April 1925 in Paris, France. His parents were of Jewish heritage. They converted to Roman Catholicism. He was educated at the Lycee Janson de Sailly, Ecole Polytechnique, Supaero and HEC Paris.
Serge Dassault inherited Groupe Dassault, an aerospace, software and media company, from his father Marcel Dassault, who founded Dassault Aviation. Currently he is the chairman and CEO of the group. The group expanded into media with the purchase of French newspaper Le Figaro in 2004.
Serge Dassault is a member of the French Senate for Essonne. In this position, he has been an outspoken advocate of conservative positions on economic and employment issues, claiming that the country’s taxes and workforce regulations are not good for its entrepreneurs. Dassault also served as a mayor of Corbeil-Essones.
Dassault married Nicole Raffel on 5 July 1950. They have four children. Responding to Ayrault government’s plan to legalize gay marriage, Dassault said that authorizing gay marriage cause “no more renewal of the population…. We’ll have a country of homosexuals. And so in ten years there’ll be nobody left. It’s stupid.”