RIP Yves Rocher (1930-2009)

Yves Rocher, French entrepreneur who founded the global natural cosmetic and beauty company passed away Saturday from a stroke at age 79.

French President, Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Rocher, pronouncing him  a “great French industrialist, inventor of plant-based cosmetics and pioneer of catalogue sales.”

Currently, Groupe Yves Rocher, has a diversified holding but the family still owns 75% of the company.  Yves  grandson, Bris Rocher who has served as Vice President since 2003 is set to become President.

Yves Rocher leaves behind a very strong legacy with his namesake, that achieves annual revenues of over 2 billion (euros).  The firms distribution channels include, online, catalogues,  retail stores, as well as door-to-door selling, generating 40 million clients worldwide.

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