Bernard Tapie (January 26, 1943 Paris - October 3, 2021 Paris) was a French businessman, politician and occasional actor, singer and television presenter. In the government of Prime Minister Pierre Bérégovoy, he was Minister of Urban Affairs.
Tapie was born in Paris. As an entrepreneur, he devoted himself to the revitalization of failing companies, the most famous of which is Adidas (which he owned from 1990 to 1993). He also owned sports teams: his cycling team La Vie Claire won the Tour de France twice - in 1985 and 1986 - and his football club Olympique de Marseille won the French championship four times in a row and in 1993 the Champions League.
In 1994, Tapie was prosecuted for complicity in corruption and influencing witnesses. Following the media case of public prosecutor Éric de Montgolfier in 1995, he was sentenced by the Douai Court of Appeal to two years in prison, eight months unconditionally and three years imprisonment.
In 1995, Tapie began his artistic career because he could not pursue his previous interests: he was in personal bankruptcy and therefore could not run a business, was declared ineligible to run for political office and was banned from playing football. At first he began to devote himself to film, but later he also played in the theater and sang.
In 2018, Tapie was diagnosed with double cancer (stomach and esophagus). He was later treated in France and Belgium, partly by experimental treatment. He died in Paris on October 3, 2021. The family was also controlled by President Emmanuel Macron.
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