Jim Ratcliffe, the controversial billionaire who buys the Smart factory in Moselle



The British company Ineos announced, this Tuesday, December 8, the acquisition of the automobile plant in Hambach, in Moselle, where Daimler has so far produced the Smart. The group plans to assemble large 4x4s there from 2022. Some 1,300 jobs out of the 1,500 of the site will be “Preserved”, indicated Daimler, which will continue to assemble electric Smart cars there until 2024. On this occasion, we republish a portrait of Jim Ratcliffe, the boss and founder of Ineos, published in August 2020.

The nature, as wild as it is unspoiled, of the Icelandic fjords easily makes the visitor slip into a sweet melancholy: “All over the planet, humans have damaged, in one way or another, much of the nature that surrounds them. This is why places left virgin by man have a unique character. “

The one who expresses himself thus at the microphone of a local radio of this island of ice is a skinny Briton of 67 years with a rebellious fuse, that one readily imagines teacher at Cambridge or Oxford. Except he’s a billionaire, not a dreamer, and has become Iceland’s biggest landowner, not just to preserve the wild salmon he loves to fish: “I think such places will be worth the money, because people like to travel where the landscapes have remained untouched. “

Absolute scarecrow of pro-environment NGOs

So works Jim Ratcliffe, one of the richest men in the United Kingdom (his fortune is estimated between £ 12 billion and £ 17 billion st

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