Xavier Niel


Xavier Niel reportedly looking at investment in Molotov as Altice stumbles

Free founder Xavier Niel may step into the breach if French OTT TV player Molotov’s investors block the company’s planned sale to Altice France, according to local reports. According to L’Opinion, citing unnamed sources, Niel, a long-time acquaintance of Molotov co-founder Jean-David Blanc, is prepared to take part in a new capital increase via his […]

Mediawan posts first full-year financials

Paris-listed production-distribution group Mediawan has posted its first full year financials. Both actual and pro forma results were published by the company, which launched at the end of 2015 as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Actual results (including a nine-month consolidation of financials from Groupe AB, which it bought last year) show revenues of […]

Xavier Niel ‘close’ to taking majority control of Eir

Xavier Niel, the French telecom entrepreneur and owner of multi-play service provider Iliad Telecom/Free, is close to finalizing a deal to buy a majority stake in Irish telco Eir, according to press reports. According to The Times, a deal could be signed by the end of the year, expected to value the telco at around […]

Iliad’s Niel promises new Freebox as competition bites

Iliad Telecom/Free founder Xavier Niel has promised to bring forward the launch of a new multi-play box to help boost the company’s performance in the fixed market. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong first half results, boosted by ongoing growth in mobile, Niel was reported by Reuters to have said that the quality […]

Mediawan to acquire AB Group as first step in Euro-content strategy

Mediawan, the media investment consortium set up by producer Pierre-Antoine Capton, Iliad Telecom founder Xavier Niel and Lazard France chief Matthieu Pigasse, is to acquire French production, channels and distribution player AB Group for €270 million. The investment group, which said that the acquisition would be a “first step towards building a leading independent premium […]

Vivendi chief says company is not acting in concert with Xavier Niel

Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine offered reassurance over the weekend that Vivendi is not acting in concert with fellow French Telecom Italia shareholder Xavier Niel. De Puyfontaine’s comments in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera followed a warning from the Italian government after Neil moved to up his stake in the telco. Niel, […]