French deputy and billionaire Olivier Dassault died this Sunday in the crash of a helicopter in France. The heir to the aviation empire Dassault was 69 years old.
Olivier Dassault died after his helicopter crashed near Deauville, in northwest France. The pilot also died in the accident.
French President Emmanuel Macron called Dassault’s death “a great loss” for the country.
Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of industry, deputy, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts on his family and loved ones.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 7, 2021
Olivier Dassault was the 12th richest person in France, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, with an estimated fortune of around € 6.3 billion.
Grandson of Marcel Dassault, founder of an aviation empire during World War I, Olivier worked in the aeronautical group until he entered political life, having been elected deputy by conservatives Les Republicains in 2002.