story by christian chazalon photos by philippe delaporte

He offered to buy the island where he was staying on holiday in the Bahamas for USD$425 million in 1979. His dynasty had no less than 17 banks and insurance companies, a 90% ownership in the nation’s third largest insurance company, 8 mining companies, 43 food companies, 25 metal enterprises, 10 building material and 45 construction companies...I could go on.