French multimillionaire Drahi’s interactions with investors come as allegations of corruption continue to pile up.


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This week, the French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi will make a rare appearance in front of investors. This comes at a time when his international company, Altice, is in the midst of a corruption investigation.Drahi, whose empire extends to telecommunications and media in Europe, Israel, and North America, should try to allay the concerns of investors a few weeks after the arrest of one of his most important lieutenants in Portugal. Drahi’s headquarters are in Switzerland, and its reach spans Europe, Israel, and North America.

The Portuguese authorities have charged the billionaire businessman Armando Pereira with 11 counts of bribery and money laundering. The primary allegation against him is that he established a network of fake suppliers in order to divert money through the Altice market pass-through system.

M. Pereira denies these allegations, but the issue has spread beyond Portugal to other parts of M. Drahi’s empire, including the United States and France, where individuals in high-ranking positions have been disciplined, suspended, or asked to resign as a result of the allegations.

According to the French edition of the business magazine Challenge, Drahi, who is known for maintaining a low profile, has amassed a wealth that is estimated to be worth more than 10 billion dollars. This places him in the position of the thirteenth richest man in France.

It has built a network of companies via strategic mergers and acquisitions, and it is now a major player in the telecommunications industry in many countries, including France, Israel, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Switzerland.

Drahi, who is known for being an art enthusiast and who just purchased the auction house Sotheby’s in 2019, also owns the high-speed internet provider Altice USA and a portion of the British telecommunications company BT. Drahi also owns a portion of the British company BT.

However, in order for it to be able to invest so rapidly, it had to build up a debt that was worth something in the neighborhood of sixty billion dollars. This made it feasible for them to invest so quickly.

Investors will be paying close attention to any appeals made by Drahi to investors on Monday and Tuesday because of the recent rise in interest rates and the corruption issue that has been reported in at least one of the major newspapers.

Patrick Drahi promises answers on Portugal investigation for August 7

Questions of the utmost importance

The company made statements indicating that it was cooperating with the authorities and highlighting the fact that certain employees had been suspended.

M. Pereira is not now employed by the company in any official capacity, despite the fact that he is widely regarded as being M. Drahi’s right hand.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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