|Real Name:||Albert Frère|
|Birth Day:||February 4, 1926|
|Birth Place:||Charleroi, Belgium, Belgium|
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Frère used the proceeds from this sale to build an investment empire around the Swiss holding company Pargesa which he founded with the Canadian investor Paul Desmarais. Pargesa took over the Belgian holding company Groupe Bruxelles Lambert in 1982 and over the year added significant stakes in such wide-ranging Belgian companies as Petrofina, Royale Belge Insurance, Compagnie Luxembourgoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), and Tractebel. He actively promoted international consolidation of the sectors in which he was involved, selling Banque Bruxelles Lambert to ING Group, Royale Belge to AXA, Tractebel to Suez, Petrofina to Total S.A., and RTL to Bertelsmann.
In 1995, he received the title of baron from the Belgian king Albert II. He was a co-owner, together with Bernard Arnault of LVMH, of the Château Cheval Blanc winery near Bordeaux. He was a member of the Cercle Gaulois.
Frère was married and had three children. His first wife was Nelly Depoplimont, and they had a son, Gérald. His second wife was Christine Hennuy, and they have had two children, Ségolène, and Charles-Albert, who died in 1999, in a car accident at the age of 19.
Currently, Albert Frere is 96 years, 7 months and 20 days old. Albert Frere will celebrate 97th birthday on a Saturday 4th of February 2023.
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