Pierre Papillaud was born in Vignonet, a small village in Gironde.
His grandmother owned two cows. During World War II, his father, who served as an officer in the French Army, was caught by the Nazis in Belgium
According to Forbes, he was worth an estimated US$1.31 billion as of 2016.
He was the 67th richest person in France (2016).
In April 2016, Papillaud's name was mentioned in the Panama Papers through a power-of-attorney for Krewitt, a company based in the British Virgin Islands
Papillaud lived in Paris, France, until his death on 13 June 2017.