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A L'Oreal heiress is now the world's richest woman

In addition to music and study, the bookish and austere Bettencourt Meyers has involved herself in charity work

Tom Metcalf & Devon Pendleton | Bloomberg 

The death this week of L’Oreal’s founding family matriarch is putting the spotlight on a reclusive 64-year-old heiress who now finds herself as the richest woman in the world.   Francoise Bettencourt Meyers has shunned the glittering social life that her late mother, Liliane Bettencourt, once embraced. Bettencourt Meyers is known for playing piano for several hours a day and has written two books -- a five-volume study of the Bible and a genealogy of the Greek gods.   “She really lives inside her own cocoon,” said Tom Sancton, author of “The ...

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First Published: Sat, September 23 2017. 22:24 IST