Switzerland, Hermès heir Nicolas Puech adopts his gardener and leaves him everything

Switzerland, Hermès heir Nicolas Puech adopts his gardener and leaves him everything
Switzerland, Hermès heir Nicolas Puech adopts his gardener and leaves him everything

Nicolas Puech is the last descendant of the founder of the French fashion house Hermès. Owner of 5.7% of the luxury brand, Puech wants to leave part of his wealth to his domestic worker, a 51-year-old Moroccan. This is several billion Swiss francs. The decision is causing a legal tsunami with an NGO, the Swiss Isocrates Association, initially the recipient of the will. To make it difficult to challenge the will, Puech has found a workaround: he intends to adopt the 51-year-old, married to a Spanish woman and father of two children. The billionaire has already given his domestic worker and his family a property in Marrakech worth around one and a half million euros and a villa in Montreux worth 4 million.

The legal battle

The Isocrate foundation, an NGO he founded against fake news and the spectacularisation of news, does not intend to give up the legal case, which could last for years. The general secretary, Nicolas Borsinger, interviewed by the Tribune de Genève, speaks of “sudden and unilateral cancellation of a succession agreement, to be considered null and unfounded”. The fortune of the Hermès heir is around 10 billion francs. Puech owns 5.7% of the French giant’s share capital, making him the group’s main shareholder. Then there is the real estate. Nicolas Puech in fact lives in a luxurious residence in La Fouly, a municipality of only 66 inhabitants in the Canton of Valais, located at 1500 meters above sea level.

Puech is capable of understanding and wanting

Behind Puech’s decision to modify the will there would be no hypothesis of circumvention of an incompetent person. The heir, son of Yvonne Hermès, is 80 years old and still enjoys good physical and mental health and no one, at least for the moment, questions his capacity for discernment.

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