Liliane Bettencourt

Lilliane Bettencourt

Europe's wealthiest woman owns 31 percent of French cosmetics company L'Oréal, which controls the Kiehl's, Lancôme and Garnier brands. A court ruling in October 2011 appointed Bettencourt's daughter, Francoise, and two grandsons as protectors of the clan's 103-year-old empire. The court rejected Bettencourt's appeal to have them removed as her guardians in January.

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