Oliver Dassault, a well known French politicians and multi-billionaire died during a helicopter crash in Northwestern, France.
The 69 year-old Dassault was the heir of the massive Dassault fortune, which mostly stemmed from the family’s ownership of a company which makes aircraft.
As The New York Post reports:
A French politician who was one of the world’s richest people has died in a helicopter crash in northwestern France, authorities said.
Olivier Dassault, the 69-year-old heir of the family-owned Dassault Group, which makes Falcon private jets and Rafale fighter planes, died Sunday along with a pilot when an Airbus AS350 helicopter crashed just after takeoff from a private airfield in the town of Touques in Normandy, authorities said.
Investigators were traveling to the site Monday and a judicial inquiry for eventual manslaughter charges was underway, the Associated Press reported, citing the regional prosecutor’s office.
Dassault, a conservative who had served in France’s lower house of parliament since 2002, was listed as one of Forbes magazine’s top 500 richest people in 2020. He was tied for 335th at the time. Dassault’s net worth as of Monday was listed at $7.2 billion, Forbes reported.