France is the largest country in western Europe and the third largest country in Europe as a whole. It possesses the world's ninth largest economy by purchasing power parity and is also Europe's third largest. Being a member of the G8 group of leading industrialized countries, France ranks fourth in the Fortune Global 500, ahead of Germany and UK.
France has a mixed economy which combines extensive private enterprise with substantial state enterprise as well as government intervention, which is why it is bound to have quite a few billionaires.
The world’s ninth-richest person as well as being the world's richest female, 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt is worth $33.4 Billion Net worth: $30 billion while the poorest of the billionaire s, Hubert D'Ornano is worth only about $1 Billion.