Anne Dewavrin; Untold Details About Billionaire Bernard Arnault’s First Wife

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 3, 2024 | Updated on: February 3, 2024
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Anne Dewavrin is in the limelight for being the ex-wife of the renowned French business tycoon, and investor Bernard Arnault. Her ex-husband is one of the wealthiest men in the world with an estimated net worth of US$230 billion as of July 2023.

After being married for 17 years, Anne and Bernard went their separate ways. After their divorce, her former spouse moved on with the Canadian Concert Pianist Hélène Mercier. But, what about her? Did she also remarry? If yes, who is her current husband?

Read the following article to learn Anne’s full biography.

Key Takeaways

  • Anne Dewavrin is the ex-wife of French business magnate and art collector Bernard Arnault.
  • She got married to Bernard in 1976 and divorced 17 years later in 1990.
  • Anne shares a son and a daughter with her ex-husband.
  • She is now currently married to Patrice de Maistre, a former wealth manager of Liliane Bettencourt.
  • As far as the media is informed, Anne now resides with her partner in Paris, France.

Is Bernard Arnault’s First Wife; How Long They Were Married?

Well, Anne was married to her billionaire ex-husband Bernard for 17 years. While the information on their first meeting is not available, the former couple walked down the aisle on April 7, 1973, in an intimate wedding ceremony.

Anne was married to Bernard for 17 years
Anne with her ex-husband

For a decade, they led their marital relationship beautifully but later, it slowly started breaking down. Eventually, in the year 1990, the two got divorced. The reason behind their separation hasn’t been made public till this date.

Anne’s Ex-Husband Remarried After Their Divorce; What About Her?

Just a year later, in 1991, her ex-husband again tied the knot a second time with Canadian Pianist Helen Mercier. Coming up to 2024, it’s been more than three decades since they have been leading their nuptials. The couple is also a parents of three.

Like her ex, Anne also married after divorce. She tied the knot with her current husband Patrice de Maistre on September 15, 2001.

Who Is Anne’s Husband, Patrice?

Anne’s current husband Patrice de Maistre, is a wealth manager by profession. He is the long-serving wealth management advisor for the late French businesswoman, Liliane Bettencourt.

Further, Anne’s spouse also served in the position of General Director at the company Tethys and Clymene. Both of these companies were under the chairmanship of Liliane.

Dewavrin’s Now-Husband, Patrice Was Sentenced To Prison

Back in 2010, her hubby Patrice fell into court trial after his billionaire boss accused him of taking advantage of his position as a wealth manager. In fact, it was Bettencourt’s former bookkeeper Claire Thibout who claimed that Patrice asked her to withdraw money from Liliane’s bank account to support former French President Sarkozy’s presidential campaign in 2007.

Following the allegations, he was sentenced to prison for 30 months. Anne’s better half was also suspended from his service and charged a fine of $267,915. In addition to that, he was also ordered to pay $12,859,920 to Liliane, the L’Oréal heiress. But after five years, the two parties came to an agreement, and in this regard, Bordeaux Criminal Court stated,

“A transactional outcome has been found, with the assistance of counsel for each of the parties to put an end to the dispute between them.”

Anne and her current husband lives a private life
Anne with her current husband.

At present, Anne and her husband are living a quiet life.

What Does Do For A Living?

Since Anne rose to fame as a celebrity ex-wife, the details of her professional life are not known. It seems like all her life, she was a dedicated housewife and a mother.

On the other hand, her famous ex-husband Arnault is a business magnate who began his career with Ferret-Savinel in 1971. He is now the founder of a French multinational company LVMH. Further, Bernard also serves as the Chairman and CEO of the renowned fashion company Christian Dior SE, popularly known as Dior.

Wiki; Her Age, And Birthday

Born in the year 1950, Anne is currently 74 years of age. Her birth place is Roubaix, Nord, Hauts-de-France, France. The billionaire’s former spouse celebrates her birthday on May 19 every year.

She was raised by her father Roger Dewavrin, and her mother Simone Defossez in her hometown. As for nationality, she is a French citizen and is of white descent.

Short Details On Her Grandparents

Her paternal grandfather was Anselme Pierre Antoine Dewavrin (1899- 1996) and her grandmother was Anne-Marie Flipo (1898-1977).

In a similar manner, her grandpa from her mom’s side Gerard Leon Jules Defossez (1905- 1978) was a Paris native. He was married to Marguerite Fourlegnie.

Shares Two Children With Her Former Spouse

From her previous marriage with Bernard, Anne welcomed a son Antoine Arnault, and a daughter Delphine Arnault. Both her children joined the business world like their father.

Her daughter Delphine is their first child who was born on 4 April 1975. She is currently 49 years old and works together with her father. Anne’s daughter is the president of Louis Vuitton. In addition to that, the eldest Arnault brood is a chairperson and CEO at Dior.

Likewise, her younger son Antoine is the vice-chairman and former CEO of Dior. He arrived in this world on June 4, 1977, which makes him 46 years old in [write_age].

Anne is a mother
Anne with her son.

On the other hand, Anne’s ex-partner, Bernard is a father of five including Antoine and Delphine. From his second marriage, he has three sons Frédéric Arnault, Alexandre Arnault, and Jean Arnault.

Is A Grandmother

The French national is a grandmother of four. From her daughter Delphine’s relationship with her current partner Xavier Niel, Anne has two grandchildren Elisha Neil (b. 2012), and a grandson, Junior Neil (b. 2016). Before Xavier, Delphine was married to the heir of the Italian winemaker Gancia, Alessandro Vallarino Gancia.

Likewise, Dewavrin is a grandmom to her son’s two children, Maxim and Roman. They were born to Antoine and his girlfriend-turned-wife Natalia Vodianova.

What Is Net Worth?

As per several sources, Anne owns a fortune of $20 million. Since her profession hasn’t been figured out, we assume that the majority of her wealth probably comes from an alimony she received while divorcing her billionaire’s ex-spouse Bernard.

On the other hand, as already stated, Bernard has a net worth of US$230 billion.