Gérard Mulliez( 13 May 1931 - Present )
Gérard Paul Louis Marie-Joseph Mulliez is a French businessman. He is the founder of the Auchan chain of department stores.
Gérard Mulliez was born on 13 May 1931 in Roubaix, France. His father, Gérard Mulliez, was the owner of Phildar, a high street clothing firm founded by his grandfather, Louis Mulliez-Lestienne. His uncle, Louis Mulliez, was the owner of the Saint-Liévin factory in Lille. He has five siblings. His parents went to the 7am Roman Catholic Mass every day.
Mulliez got bad grades at school. He spent a year in England, where he learned to play rugby and pool, and learned to speak English. He failed his Baccalaureate.
Mulliez started his career working for his father's company, working his way up until he became its Chairman.
In 1961, at the age of twenty-nine, after...