Vivendi's Dead, Long Live Vivendi

CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy is a smooth operator who's reinventing the French entertainment company by moving it from movies to video games and music

With his French-tailored suit, near-perfect English, and 100-watt charm, you would never guess Jean-Bernard Lévy is something of a corporate undertaker. At 52, Léevy, chairman and chief executive officer of French conglomerate Vivendi (VIVEF), is well on his way to burying the image of his company as one of the biggest suckers ever to hit Hollywood.

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