Omar Sy, Karim Benzema, Aya Nakamura: discover the most influential French people in the world according to Forbes – 30/05/2022 at 08:30

Here are the most influential French people in the world according to the magazine’s photo credit: Instagram captures @omarsyofficial @ayanakamurao_fficiel @olivier_rousteing

Forbes magazine has unveiled the list of the 50 most influential French personalities in the world. Athletes, musicians, actors, but also researchers or entrepreneurs, discover the women and men who in 2021 shone beyond our borders.

Television and Internet

At 46,

Guillaume Lacroix

is the CEO of Brut, the leading social media media in Europe, whose videos garner over 2 billion views every month. 46 is also the age of

Pierre Antoine Capton

CEO of the production company Mediawan, whose turnover is approaching

billion euros

. He recently partnered with Apple to launch Explore, a subscription video streaming platform dedicated to documentaries.

In the end,


distinguishes the blogger

Emilia Daudin

34, aka @emiliebrunette (150,000 Instagram subscribers), raising awareness about breast cancer and raised

2.4 million euros

for the Gustave-Roussy Institute.


In the sport category, the judoka

Clarisse Agbegnenou

world champion and double gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, he confronts the handball player

Cleopatra Darleux

and the gymnast

Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos

. Without to forget

Marie-Amelie Le Fur

holder of 21 Olympic and world medals, including 7 gold, who will chair the Paris 2024 Paralympic Committee.

Karim Benzema

the basketball player

Evan Fournier

who signed for 4 years with the New York Knicks (contract amount:

66 million euros

), and the rugby player

Antoine Dupont


Cinema and theater

Three French directors are honored:

Julia Ducourtnau

winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for the audacious



Audrey Diwan

who signed

The event

Leone d’Oro at the Venice Film Festival, e

Alice Doyard

co-director of


Oscar for the best documentary short film.

They are accompanied by the director of photography

Claire Mathon


Portrait of the girl on fire


Investigation into the state scandal




Léa Seydoux


Camillo Cottin


Sami Outalbali


Sex education


A story of love and desire

) And

Omar Sy

stand out in front of the camera.


also healthy

Florian Zeller

Oscar for Best Non-Original Screenplay for

The father

and the most performed living French author in the world.

Omar Sy signs a contract with Netflix, the first time for a French actor

Building on the success of


, which attracted 76 million families in the month following its launch, Omar Sy has signed a multi-year contract with the streaming platform. His production company based in Paris and Los Angeles will develop original films for Netflix. Omar Sy will be both actor and executive producer. If the amount of the deal has not been disclosed, some sources cite a sum included

between 12 and 15 million dollars


science and medicine

There are two Frenchmen engaged in the fight against the pandemic:

Stefano Bancel

CEO of Moderna, an esteemed company around

110 billion euros


Chantal Pichon

, researcher, who studies messenger RNA. They are listed alongside

Valerie Masson-Delmotte

paleoclimatologist, who co-directed the IPCC report published in August 2021, e

Françoise Rimareix

medical director of the Gustave-Roussy Institute, the fifth best cancer hospital in the world according to the magazine

News week


Entrepreneurs / Business Managers

Vincenzo Bolore

sold Universal Music for almost

20 billion euros

, acquired Prisma Media, the magazine’s printing leader, and strengthened its stake in Jean-Luc Lagardère’s former empire. On his side,

Nicola Giulia

founds the esteemed startup Sorare

3.7 billion euros

, specializing in NFT (blockchain-authenticated digital tokens) of footballer stamps. The company will open an office in New York and expand into other sports.

Another French success: Mirakl, founded in 2012 by

Filippo Corrot


Adrian Nussembaum

. The company, esteemed

3 billion euros

is the world leader in market software solutions for major brands.

Two women complete the ranking: the lawyer

Yas Banifatemi

, expert in international legal arbitration, who teaches at Harvard. And

Gaelle d’Engremont

partner of PAI Partners, where he directs the Food & Consumer division.

Fashion and luxury


greet the success of

Cedric Charbit

CEO of Balenciaga, whose turnover was around

billion euros

before the health crisis. Another success: that of

Oliver Rousteing

, 36 years of which 10 at Balmain, a turnover multiplied by seven and 34 shops against only one upon his arrival. Other influential figures include the shoemaker

Christian Louboutin


Alexandre Arnault

29 years old, to whom her father entrusted the reins of the jewelry brand Tiffany (bought for almost

15 billion euros

in 2021), and

Isabelle Chouvet

CEO of The Independents, specialist in events and digital marketing in the fashion, luxury and lifestyle sectors.


The rappers


whose fifth album went platinum in a month, e


4 million records sold are cited – a record for French rap

Aya Nakamura

, the most listened to French-speaking artist in the world. The pianist

Alexander Kantorow

he can boast of having won the first prize as well as the gold medal of the Tchaikovsky competition, the first time for a French musician.


In the ranking of



Arnaud Donckele

who works for the Cheval Blanc group, Mory Sacko, winner of

Top Chef

crowned with a star four months after the opening of his MoSuke restaurant, e

Domenico Crenn

, the first chef to be awarded 3 stars in the United States with her Atelier Crenn restaurant. She recently returned to the capital where she opened French Nola. Without forgetting the pastry chef

Amaury Guichon

that delights the taste buds of Las Vegas residents.

Literature, dance and theater

David Diop

received the prestigious Booker Prize (along with a check for

50,000 euros

) for his novel

In the light all the blood is black

a novelty for a French writer.

Ariane Gefard

, a literary agent, specializes in feminist authors such as Mona Chollet or Titiou Lecoq. The choreographer

Mehdi Kerkouche

he recently collaborated with the Paris Opera. As for the philosopher

manon garcia

now teaches at the prestigious Yale University.

arts and culture

Three curators surround the painter

Claire stool

and the plastic surgeon

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster


Laurence des Cars

director of the Louvre,

Emma Lavigne

stolen from the Palais de Tokyo by François Pinault to manage the Bourse de commerce, e

Anna Baldassari

which collaborates in particular with the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

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