Dominique Desseigne was born on August 19, 1944 in Paris, France, France. Dominique Desseigne lords over one of France's largest casino groups, Groupe Lucien Barrière, which owns 34 casinos, 16 luxury hotels and more than 120 bars and restaurants. Collectively the group employs more than 6,000 people and brings in nearly $1.3 billion in annual revenues. Desseigne's late wife, Diane Barriere, inherited the company from her father; she was badly injured in a 1995 plane crash that left her confined to a wheel chair and respiratory equipment. She died in 2001. Desseigne, who took the reins in 1997 and became CEO the year she died, owns 60% of the company while France's financial services giant, Fimalac, owns the remaining 40%. Desseigne has two young children from his marriage to Diane.
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