Serge Dassault

Serge Dassault (French: [sɛʁʒ daso]; 4 April 1925 – 28 May 2018) was a French billionaire heir, businessman and politician. He was the chairman and chief executive officer of Dassault Group, and a conservative politician.

Serge Dassault
Member of the French Senate for Essonne
In office
1 October 2004  1 October 2017
Succeeded byLaure Darcos
Mayor of Corbeil-Essonnes
In office
Preceded byMarie-Anne Lesage
Succeeded byJean-Pierre Bechter
Personal details
Serge Bloch

(1925-04-04)4 April 1925
Paris, France
Died28 May 2018(2018-05-28) (aged 93)
Paris, France
Nicole Raffel (m. 1950)
ChildrenOlivier Dassault
Laurent Dassault
Thierry Dassault
Marie-Hélène Dassault
ParentsMarcel Dassault
Madeline Minckes
ResidenceParis, France
EducationLycée Janson-de-Sailly
Lycée Saint-Louis
Alma materÉcole Polytechnique
HEC Paris

According to Forbes, Dassault's net worth was estimated in 2016 at US$15 billion.[1]

Early life and education

Serge Dassault was the son of Madeline Dassault (née Minckes) and Marcel Dassault, from whom he inherited the Dassault Group. Both his parents were of Jewish heritage, but later converted to Roman Catholicism.

His father founded the Dassault Aviation in 1929.[2]

During the Second World War, he was jailed when his father was sent to Buchenwald for refusing any cooperation from his company, Bordeaux-Aéronautique, directed by Henri Déplante, André Curvale and Claude de Cambronne, with the German aviation industry.

He studied at the Lycée Janson de Sailly. He earned engineering degrees from the École Polytechnique (class of 1946) and Supaéro (class of 1951). In 1963, he received an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.[3]

Business career

After the elder Dassault's death in 1986, Serge Dassault continued developing the company, with the help of CEOs Charles Edelstenne and Éric Trappier. His group also owned the newspaper Le Figaro. In December 1998, he was sentenced to two years' probation in the Belgian Agusta scandal, and was fined 60,000 Belgian francs (about €1,500).

Political career

He was a member of the Union for a Popular Movement political party, as is his son Olivier, who is a deputy in the National Assembly. He was a former mayor of the city of Corbeil-Essonnes, a southern suburb of Paris.

In 2004, he became a senator, and in that position, he was an outspoken advocate of conservative positions on economic and employment issues, claiming that France's taxes and workforce regulations ruin its entrepreneurs. In 2005, he inaugurated the 2 million Islamic cultural centre (comprising a mosque) in his city of Corbeil-Essonnes.[4] In November 2012, responding to the Ayrault government's plan to legalise same-sex marriage, he controversially said, during an interview for France Culture, that authorising it would cause "no more renewal of the population. [...] We'll have a country of homosexuals. And so in ten years there'll be nobody left. It's stupid".[5]

Personal life and death

Dassault married Nicole Raffel on 5 July 1950. They had four children: Olivier, Laurent, Thierry, and Marie-Hélène.[6] He died suddenly at his office at the Dassault group headquarters in Paris on 28 May 2018, from heart failure at the age of 93.[7][2]

See also


  1. Adams, Henri. "Serge Dassault — pg.19". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  2. Au-Yeung, Angel. "Billionaire French Businessman Serge Dassault Dies At 93". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  3. "HEC Alumni". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  4. "le petit monde de bernard gaudin". Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  5. "Dassault, les homos, et la Grèce antique", Libération, 7 November 2012
  6. familiale.
  7. Décès de Serge Dassault
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