COUNTESS ALBINA DU BOISROUVRAY (born 1941) is a former journalist and
film producer who has become a global philanthropist and social
entrepreneur working with
AIDS victims and impoverished communities
around the world. She is the founder of
FXB International , a
non-governmental organization established in memory of her son,
Du Boisrouvray is the grandchild of the Bolivian King of Tin, Simón
Patiño . She is the cousin of
Prince Rainier of Monaco and godmother
Charlotte Casiraghi , daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco .
* 1 Early life and education
* 2 Career
* 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
Plaza Hotel . Her family later moved to
Argentina, and du Boisrouvray lived alone in Switzerland, Morocco,
England and back to France.
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 , covering
international stories such as the death of
Che Guevara . She later
co-founded the literary magazine Libre with
Juan Goytisolo .
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
Pascal Thomas ' first film, Les Zozos (1972),
L\'important c\'est d\'aimer and Une Femme a sa fenêtre , both of
Romy Schneider , and
Fort Saganne (1984), directed by
Alain Corneau and starring
Gérard Depardieu ,
Catherine Deneuve and
Sophie Marceau .
Police Python 357
Police Python 357 (1976) notably was one of the
few films which starred
Yves Montand and
Simone Signoret , a
well-known couple, in the same film. Du Boisrouvray began serving as
the chairperson of SEGH, her family's real estate and hotel management
group, in 1980.
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
Sotheby's auction was the largest
jewelry sale since the Duchess of Windsor\'s auction. The sale
included pre-Columbian gold, jade and other notable pieces accumulated
by the noble French family. Du Boisrouvray allocated part of the
profits to the FXB Foundation to create programs, including an at home
palliative care program for the terminally ill in Switzerland and
France, a rescue helicopter control centre in the Swiss Alps, and a
professorship at the
University of Michigan
University of Michigan (her son's alma mater).
The rest of the funds were used to found
FXB International in memory
of her son, François-Xavier Bagnoud, a search-and-rescue pilot who
died while serving as a transport pilot in Mali during the Paris-Dakar
rally in 1986.
Du Boisrouvray founded
FXB International is to fight poverty and AIDS
, and support orphans and vulnerable children left in the wake of the
FXB International offers comprehensive support to the
families and communities that care for these children, and advocates
for their fundamental rights. The organization has helped over 17
million people from programs in more than 100 countries, with a staff
of over 450. Du Boisrouvray broadened its work from supporting
children impacted by
AIDS to also include all families needing support
to emerge from extreme poverty and become self-sufficient through the
FXBVillage methodology. In 1991, she developed the FXBVillage
Methodology , a community-based, sustainable approach to overcoming
AIDS orphans crisis and extreme poverty. Each FXBVillage supports
80-100 families, comprising approximately 500 individuals, mostly
children. Over a three-year period, FXB provides communities with the
resources and training needed to become physically, financially and
socially independent. According to FXB, the FXBVillage program has
graduated over 69,500 participants from eight countries and has over
12,500 current participants.
In 1993, du Boisrouvray founded the FXB Center for Health and Human
Harvard University , the first academic center to focus
exclusively on health and human rights.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Du Boisrouvray was made
Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1985.
In 1993, the
University of Michigan
University of Michigan conferred upon her a "Doctor of
Humane Letters Degree," and she was made a "John Harvard Fellow" by
Harvard University in 1996.
She received a
Special Recognition Award for "Responding to the
AIDS Orphan crisis" at the second conference on Global Strategies
for the prevention of HIV transmission from mothers to infants in
Montreal , in September 1999. In 2001, Harvard students presented her
with the "Harvard Project for International Health and Development
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
Council of Europe .
In November 2003, du Boisrouvray received the "Lifetime Achievement
Award" at the 4th International Conference on
AIDS in India, in
recognition for the projects that she initiated in the 35 States and
Territories of India. In 2007, the French Fédération nationale des
Clubs Convergences gave her an award for her activities on behalf of
orphans and vulnerable children affected by
AIDS in the world.
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
Nicolas Sarkozy presented du
Boisrouvray with the insignia of Officer in l'Ordre National du
Mérite . The President honoured Albina and her work, saying "Your NGO
is a model throughout the world. You are a woman involved. Your
solidarity is exemplary and that is why the Republic will distinguish
you." She is the first film producer to be awarded L'Ordre National du
Mérite . In June 2009, du Boisrouvray received the
BNP Paribas Jury
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
Valais . They were
married for four years and had one son together, François-Xavier
Bagnoud, born in 1961.
She lives in Portugal, near Lisbon, part of the year and has homes in
Paris, New York and Switzerland.
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