Iliad founder Xavier Niel is backing entrepreneurs with unconventional backgrounds

Once a prolific car thief who did time in prison, Tally Fofana now has a billionaire’s backing as he seeks to turn knowledge gained from his criminal (...)

Hubert De Givenchy with Audrey Hepburn in the mid-1980s:  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Audrey Hepburn glides through the credits of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s in a black dress that is in no way little. It’s a long, narrow sheat(...)

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair has become Ireland’s newest billionaire, according to Forbes. Photograph: Collins

High-flying Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has become Ireland’s latest billionaire, earning himself a place on Forbes’s annual billionaire ra(...)

Xavier Niel was the first in France to make an electronic box that combines internet, telephone and television services, through his company Free, in 1999. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

You don’t amass a fortune valued at more than €8 billion by being a nice guy. Yet there is something disarming about Xavier Niel’s laid-back manner, t(...)

Tech heavy Nasdaq  rose. Photograph: Reuters

Deal-making and earnings underpinned European stock markets on Tuesday as the focus shifted back to fundamentals and away from politics, for now. DUB(...)

Louis Vuitton store in Marina Bay, Singapore

The Louis Vuitton headquarters in Paris is a very grand 19th century building with an imposing glass and marble entrance located beside the city’s (...)

First-quarter group sales reached €21 billion, an underlying 3.2 per cent rise, Carrefour said. Photograph: Rich Press/Bloomberg

French retailer Carrefour posted higher-than-expected first-quarter sales on Friday, driven by growth in Latin America and an improvement at its domes(...)

Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. LVMH soared in Paris trading after renewed demand for its biggest brand led to better-than-expected growth. Photo: Getty Images

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton soared in Paris trading after renewed demand for its biggest brand led to better-than-expected growth at its fashion (...)

A floor of the famous La Samaritaine store in Paris.

A Paris appeal court dealt a fresh blow on Monday to the long-delayed €470 million ($559 million) makeover of Paris department store La Samaritaine,(...)

François-Henri Pinault, who took over the Kering business from his father in 2006. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Since September, at least nine senior executives have left businesses controlled by French billionaire François Pinault. The latest came this month, w(...)

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