Henri Pierre Albert Marie Beaufour was born in January 1965, the son of Albert Beaufour who died in 2000, and grandson of Henri Beaufour, the founder of Ipsen, France's second-largest pharmaceutical company. He has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University.
When Albert Beaufour died in 2000, the family's 76% stake was split between three siblings, and sister Veronica sold her 6% stake. Henri and his sister Anne control 57% of Ipsen, and both sit on its board.
As of April 2016, his net worth is US$1.45 billion.