The French authorities announced the killing of a French politician who was among the richest people in the world in a helicopter crash in northwestern France.
Olivier Dassault, the 69-year-old heir to the family-owned Dassault Group, which makes private Falcon and Rafale combat aircraft, died Sunday with a pilot when an Airbus AS350 helicopter crashed after taking off from a private airport in the city. From Touques in Normandy, the authorities said.
The Associated Press, citing the Regional Prosecutor’s Office, reported that investigators were heading to the site on Monday, and a judicial investigation into the charges of manslaughter is underway at the end of the day.
Dassault, a conservative who has served in the French Parliament since 2002, was listed as one of Forbes’ 500 richest people in 2020. He was tied at 335th at the time. Dassault’s net worth as of Monday is listed at $ 7.2 billion. Reported by Forbes.
Dassault, one of the four children who inherited his father’s fortune in 2018, was the head of strategy and development for the family-controlled space and software company. Dassault’s grandfather Marcel founded the Dassault Aviation Company, which began producing propellers in World War I.
The family empire also houses one of the country’s oldest daily newspapers, Le Figaro, its vineyards and a private airline, according to Forbes.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, which occurred near where the businessman owns a vacation home. The Guardian reported.
President Emmanuel Macron said that the tragic death of Dassault was a “great loss” for France.
“Olivier Dassault loved France,” Macron tweeted. As a business leader, deputy, local advisor, reserve commander in the Air Force, all his life he never stopped serving our country, promoting what he was great about. His brutal death is a great loss. Our thoughts go to his family and friends. “