Bernard Tapie, a French tycoon who was awaiting trial on fraud charges and the former owner of Adidas, died on Sunday at 78 years old.
Tapie, a former Socialist minister who built a sporting and media empire before running into legal trouble, had been battling stomach cancer for several years.
President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences to Tapie’s family, saying he and his wife “have been touched by the news of the death of Bernard Tapie, whose ambition, energy and enthusiasm were a source of inspiration for generations of French people.”
Tapie’s business interests spanned from being the former owner of the football club Olympique de Marseille, which he led to a championship in 1993, to a stint acting and hosting gigs on TV and radio.
But his career was plagued by scandal.