Celebrities in Switzerland: Corinne Bouygues
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Bouygues, Corinne (1948 - ) France / Heir / GE

The heiress to the Bouygues fortune lives in Geneva. Born in 1958, Corinne Bouygues is the daughter of industrialist Francis Bouygues. At the age of 29, her father founded the Francis Bouygues construction company, which was awarded the construction contract to build the Paris soccer stadium, Parc des Princes, in 1972.

The group was subsequently entrusted with other prestigious work sites in France (Grande Arche de la Défense and the Tour Elf, the Musée d'Orsay and the bridge to Ile de Ré) and abroad (University of Riyadh in Arabia, Lagos thermal power plant in Nigeria and the Bubiyan bridge in Kuweit). With these lucrative contracts under its belt, Bouygues became the world leader in construction in 1986.

In 1987, Bouygues bought TF1, the leading French television station and Corinne Bouygues took over as director of advertising. This marked the company's foray into the service sector. Today, Bouygues is a major player in the mobile phone, satellite television and Internet industry.

It nevertheless remains very active in the construction industry in France (French National Library, Stade de France stadium, Normandy bridge, Avignon viaducts) and abroad (Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Conference Center in Hong Kong, subway system in Sydney, Presidential complexes of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, highways in Croatia, Hungary and South Africa, the shore line of Beirut, tunnels of Groene Hart in the Netherlands and of Rostock Germany).

In 1992, Corinne Bouygues left her position at TF1. She sold the superb Villa Montmorency in Paris and moved to Geneva along the lakeshore in 1998. The heiress of a significant fortune, she benefits from the reasonable Swiss tax system, like many other French people living in Switzerland.

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