COUNTESS ALBINA DU BOISROUVRAY (born 1941) is a former journalist and
film producer who has become a global philanthropist and social
entrepreneur working with
Du Boisrouvray is the grandchild of the Bolivian King of Tin, Simón Patiño . She is the cousin of Prince Rainier of Monaco and godmother to Charlotte Casiraghi , daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco .
* 1 Early life and education
* 2 Career
* 2.1 FXB International
* 3 Awards and recognition * 4 Personal life * 5 References * 6 External links
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
She is the daughter of Count Guy de Jacquelot du Boisrouvray (died 1980) and Luz Mila Patiño Rodríguez. Her paternal grandmother was born countess Joséphine Marie Louise de Polignac , sister of Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois , the maternal grandfather of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco . Her maternal grandfather was Simón Patiño , one of the wealthiest men in the world at the time of her birth.
Her father was part of the Free French movement and her family left
the country while she was an infant. Du Boisrouvray grew up in New
York City and lived at the
Du Boisrouvray attended University of Sorbonne in Paris where she studied psychology and philosophy.
Du Boisrouvray began her career as a journalist. She worked as a
freelance journalist for
Le Nouvel Observateur
In 1978, du Boisrouvray ran as a candidate for the Friends of the Earth party in parliamentary elections.
She founded a film production company, Albina Productions, in 1969
and is credited with producing 22 films over a period of 17 years.
These films include
Following the death of her only child, du Boisrouvray sold three
quarters of her assets including a jewelry collection auctioned by
Sotheby\'s in New York for $31.2 million, an art collection of $20
million, and a substantial part of her family real-estate business
which garnered $50 million. The
Du Boisrouvray founded
FXB International is to fight poverty and AIDS
, and support orphans and vulnerable children left in the wake of the
In 1993, du Boisrouvray founded the FXB Center for Health and Human
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Du Boisrouvray was made
Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1985.
In 1993, the
University of Michigan
She received a
Her philanthropy and humanitarian efforts earned her a knighthood of the Légion d\'Honneur in 2001 for her pioneering work in home palliative care projects. Also in 2001, because of the innovative cost-effective projects that she formulated and directed within FXB, she was selected as a member of the Social Entrepreneurs Group of the Schwab Foundation . This recognition enables the 54 social entrepreneurs of the group to participate in the Davos World Economic Forum and to present and to share their expertise with world business leaders in the civil and public sectors.
She was awarded the 2002
North-South Prize by the
Council of Europe
In 2004, Albina received the Thai Komol Keemthong Foundation Award for Outstanding Personality for the year 2004. The award was given in appreciation of her contributions to Thailand and Burma in the fields of protecting children and women's rights, education, vocational training and support of HIV/AIDS-affected children and their families.
In April 2009, French President
In 2013, the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) awarded du Boisrouvray their KISS Humanitarian Award which recognizes individuals with exceptionally high contribution to society and who have distinguished themselves as humanitarians.
Du Boisrouvray was married twice, first to Swiss aviator Bruno
Bagnoud and second to French film producer Georges Casati, whom she
divorced in 1982. She met Bagnoud while living in
She lives in Portugal, near Lisbon, part of the year and has homes in Paris, New York and Switzerland.
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