People: Mediawan SA (MDW.PA)
18 Sep 2019
Mr. Xavier Niel has been Member of the Supervisory Board at MEDIAWAN S.A. since December 10, 2015. Xavier Niel is also founder and major shareholder of the Iliad group and where he currently serves as Senior Vice-President, director and Deputy-Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is self-taught entrepreneur and has been active in the data communications, Internet and telecommunications industry since the late 1980s. Prior to devoting himself to the Iliad group development, in 1993 he co-founded France’s first Internet service provider (ISP), Worldnet. Subsequently, after founding 3617 ANNU in 1999 he went on to create Free – France’s first free-access ISP. He is also Chairman of NJJ Holding which holds and chairs NJJ Presse. Mr. Niel was the architect behind the 2002 launch of the Freebox. He has also been the inspiration behind the group’s major strategic developments, including its current rollout of the 4G mobile network in France and its mobile offerings which were launched on January 10, 2012. In parallel, for many years Mr. Niel has invested considerably in web start-ups. In March 2010 he set up his own investment fund – Kima Venture. In addition, since 2010 he has held an ownership interest in the Le Monde newspaper, alongside Mr. Pierre Berge and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse. Since the summer of 2014, Mr. Xavier Niel, Mr. Pierre Berge and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse have also been the joint owners of the French weekly magazine L’Obs.I n March 2013, Mr. Niel created 42. In September 2013, Xavier Niel announced the opening in early 2017 of digital incubator which will be located in the Halle Freyssinet building in Paris. Mr. Niel has also invested in the telecommunications sector for many years in a personal capacity through NJJ Holding. He acquired a 55% stake in Monaco Telecom in 2014 and Orange Switzerland (now renamed Salt) in February 2015.
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