( – ) was a businessman who had major success as Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of Adidas-Salomon
and Saatchi & Saatchi
. He was a majority shareholder
of the French football
team Olympique de Marseille
, and during his tenure they re-emerged as a major European football club.
Robert Louis-Dreyfus was born in Paris
. He was a great grandson of Leopold Dreyfus, who began buying and selling wheat in the Alsace
region a century earlier.
Robert Louis-Dreyfus was not an exceptional scholar, but he excelled at poker, winning considerable amounts of money from his rich friends at the Lycee Janson de Sailly
in Paris. In 1967, he spent time at a kibbutz and was involved in the Six Day War
. He later secured a place at Harvard Business School
with a presentation about his experiences during the war. He spent the early years of his working life mentored by Siegmund Warburg
, in the family business of the Louis-Dreyfus Group.
In 1982 Louis-Dreyfus joined IMS, the US pharmaceutical research company enjoying spectacular monetary success. His original grew twentyfold by the time the company was sold in 1988. He served as Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) at Saatchi & Saatchi
, the United Kingdom
-based advertising agency
from 1989 to 1993. Louis-Dreyfus invested his own money in Saatchi and Saatchi and during his tenure the agency grew... Read More