A multi-billionaire French MP who set quite a few world airspeed data has died in a mysterious helicopter crash in northern France.
Olivier Dassault, 69, who was the eldest son of the late French billionaire Serge Dassault, had been flying over Touques, close to Deauville within the Normandy area, when his plane went down on Sunday afternoon.
The father-of-three died alongside one other man, who has not been recognized however who is believed to have been flying the helicopter.
At this time French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to salute a person who ‘by no means ceased to serve our nation’ and ‘worth its property’.
French billionaire Olivier Dassault, 69, who was the eldest son of the late French billionaire Serge Dassault, has died in a helicopter crash
In a tweet President Macron stated: ‘Olivier Dassault liked France. Captain of trade, deputy, native elected official, reserve commander within the air power: throughout his life, he by no means ceased to serve our nation, to worth its property.
‘His sudden demise is a superb loss. Ideas on his household and family members.’
The reason for the crash continues to be beneath investigation.
On the time of his demise, Mr Dassault’s fortune was thought to exceed the equal of €6billion, in keeping with sources within the monetary world in Paris.
Mr Dassault had been an MP for the conservative Republicans occasion since 2002, and was the 361st richest individual on this planet alongside his two brothers and sister.
Born in 1951 the Parisian suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, he was the eldest son of the late French billionaire Serge Dassault, whose firm Dassault Aviation builds the Rafale fighter planes and which additionally owns the newspaper Le Figaro.
He and his three different siblings later inherited Dassault Aviation, which was based by Mr Dassault’s grandfather Marcel in 1929.
Marcel, born Marcel Bloch, was a Jewish aviation legend who was captured by the Nazis through the Second World Battle and despatched to Buchenwald focus camp.
He later modified his title to Dassault, which means ‘assault tank,’ in honour of his brother’s pseudonym through the conflict.
His son, Serge Dassault, Olivier Dassault’s father, took over the Paris-based firm in 1986.
Nonetheless in Might 2018, Serge died of a coronary heart assault in his Paris on the age of 93 and Olivier grew to become president of the corporate.
President Macron paid tribute to the politician in a tweet in the present day and stated he ‘by no means ceased to serve our nation’ and ‘worth its property’
Olivier Dassault ((left together with his father Serge Dassault) was the eldest son of the late French billionaire Serge Dassault
The billionaire (pictured with spouse Natacha Nikolajevic) served as a member of the Nationwide Meeting since 2002
Olivier graduated from the air power academy – École de l’Air- in 1974 earlier than occurring to qualify as an instrument flight guidelines (IFR) pilot in 1975.
He additionally held a grasp’s diploma in arithmetic as properly a doctorate in enterprise administration computing.
The lawmaker went on to symbolize the Oise division within the French Nationwide Meeting and was a member of The Republicans occasion since 2002.
The certified pilot first set a pace report in a Dassault Falcon 50 flying from New York to Paris in 1977.
There have been related successes within the following many years, together with Paris to Abu Dhabi in a Falcon 900 EX in 1996.
Mr Dassault later stepped down as a director of Dassault as a consequence of his political position to keep away from any battle of curiosity.
Mr Dassault first set a pace report in a Dassault Falcon 50 flying from New York to Paris in 1977
The billionaire was as soon as thought-about favorite to succeed his father as the top of the household enterprise, however the position as a substitute went to former Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne.
At this time Valerie Pecresse, a conservative politician who’s president of the Paris area, tweeted: ‘Nice unhappiness on the information of the sudden disappearance of Olivier Dassault.
‘A businessman, but in addition a famend photographer, he had a ardour for politics in his blood, rooted in his division of Oise. My heat ideas to his household.’