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Pierre Louis-Dreyfus

Pierre Louis-Dreyfus
Born (1908-05-17)May 17, 1908
Paris, France
Died January 15, 2011(2011-01-15) (aged 102)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Ethnicity Jewish
Citizenship  France
Occupation soldier; businessman
Spouse(s) Dolores Neubauer (divorced)
Claude Singer
Children with Neubauer:
--Dominique Louis-Dreyfus
--Gérard Louis-Dreyfus
with Singer:
--Philippe Louis-Dreyfus
--Danièle Louis-Dreyfus
Parents Sarah Germaine Hément
Charles Louis-Dreyfus

Pierre Louis-Dreyfus (May 5, 1908 – January 15, 2011) was a French-born Resistance fighter during World War II who later served as CEO of the Louis Dreyfus Cie.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Military service 2
  • Post military career 3
  • Personal life and death 4
  • Accolades 5
  • References 6

Early life and education

Pierre Louis-Dreyfus was born on May 17, 1908 in Paris, one of three children born to Charles Louis-Dreyfus,[1] a merchant and ship-owner, and Sarah Germaine Hément. His paternal grandfather, Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, founded the Louis Dreyfus Group in 1851. He had two siblings, brother François Louis Dreyfus (1909-1958) and sister, Arlette Louis Dreyfus (1911-2001). In 1928, he graduated from the Lycée Condorcet with a joint degree in arts and law.[2]

Military service

Called to military service, he became a cadet in the Reserve Cavalry School at Saumur in October 1928 and was released in May 1929 with the rank of sub-lieutenant. He was then assigned to the 6th Dragoons until his release in October 1929. Thereafter, he worked in the family business, Louis Dreyfus & Cie., eventually becoming a partner. He was recalled in August 1939 and served as a lieutenant in the 2nd Dragoon Regiment. He served two rotations in Luxembourg and France before again being discharged.[2]

In 1941, along with his friends, Emile Laffon, Jacques Bounin and Emmanuel d'Astier, he came into contact with and joined the French Resistance. Having extensive military training, Louis-Dreyfus was assigned responsibility for coordinating the resistance groups in the south of France. He was forced to flee France in December 1942 and arrived back in England in January 1943. In April 1943, he joined the 1st Free French Division in Africa and was promoted to captain serving as a liaison officer with the Scottish 51st Highland Division. In December 1943, he requested assignment to the Bomber Group "Lorraine" where he served as a gunner. From July 1944 until May 1945, he flew 81 bombing missions on the Western Front in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. He received four citations for his "tireless work" and for exhibiting the "best professional qualities, military and moral." He was then assigned as a representative of the French Army assigned to the 137th Wing of the Royal Air Force.[2]

Post military career

After the war, he returned to the family business, Louis-Dreyfus and Co where he became first Vice-President and then served as CEO from 1967 until 1975. He significantly expanded the maritime trade of the company under his direction.[2] The company, now known as Louis Dreyfus Group, had $46 billion in sales in 2011. Upon retirement, his son, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, headed the company.

He has also served Vice President on the Board of Directors Société d'entraide des Compagnons de la Libération (Society for the Support for members of the French Resistance), was a member of the Conseil supérieur de la marine marchande (Supreme Council of Marine Merchants) and vice-president of the Comité central des armateurs de France (Central Committee of French shipowners).[2]

He was a member of the Conseil de l'Ordre de la Libération from June 1969.[2]

Personal life and death

Louis Dreyfus has been married twice:[3]

  • In 1929, he married American-born Dolores Neubauer,[3] the daughter of a [5]
  • In 1939,[3] Pierre married Claude Singer.[6] They had two children:
    • Philippe Louis-Dreyfus (b. 1945), president of Louis Dreyfus Shipping and married to Anne Boinvilliers. They have three children Charlotte, Edouard, and Marie.[6]
    • Danièle Louis-Dreyfus, the wife of Jean Sudreau. They have a daughter Laure Sudreau-Rippe.[6][7]

Pierre Louis-Dreyfus died on January 15, 2011 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. He was buried in Ville d'Avray in the Hauts-de-Seine.[2]

Louis-Dreyfus participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans eleven times between 1931 and 1955.[2] He raced under the pseudonym 'Heldé', derived from L-D (Louis-Dreyfus).


Louis Dreyfus earned the following medals and merits:[2]

  • Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor
  • Companion of the Liberation - Decree of 17 November 1945
  • Croix de Guerre 39/45 (6 citations)
  • Medal of the Resistance with Rosette
  • Commander of Maritime Merit
  • Escapees' Medal
  • Officer of Sporting Merit
  • Officer of the Tourist Merit


  1. ^ Funding Universe: "Groupe Louis Dreyfus S.A. History" retrieved August 12, 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i ): Pierre Louis-Dreyfusin FrenchOrder of the Liberation website ( retrieved January 29, 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e Legal Eagle: PORGES v. LOUIS-DREYFUS, 280 A.D. 277 (1952) Dolores N. Porges, Appellant-Respondent, v. Guy P. Louis-Dreyfus, Respondent-Appellant, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Department. June 3, 1952
  4. ^ Rootsweb: "Dowling Family Genealogy" retrieved August 16, 2013
  5. ^ Porges Family Tree "I live in New York since 1940. Served with the Free French Forces 1943 to 1945. Member New York Stock Exchange 1953 to 1964 and still working in Wall Street (V.P. , Shearson, Lehman brothers). Married and divorced Dolores Neubauer. Married and divorced Leda Coumantaros (mother of my two children)." (letter of may 1, 1993) -retrieved January 29, 2013
  6. ^ a b c French WorldHeritage entry on the louis Dreyfus Family retrieved January 30, 2013
  7. ^ Bloomberg: "Louis-Dreyfus Widow Chairman Ousts Men Running Commodities Giant" By Alan Katz January 31, 2012
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