Bernard-Henri Lévy, a French public intellectual (they have those, still) was catapulted to fame in 1977 for his book attacking France’s Marxist left, Barbarism With a Human Face. He’s since capitalized on that notoriety, publishing dozens of books, writing and directing movies, and regularly appearing on TV as a commentator. His private live is also splashy, having featured a marriage to actress and singer Arielle Dombasle and a relationship with heiress Daphne Guinness.
Lévy is less well known for his real estate holdings. “I live part of my time in Paris, part of my time in New York, part of my time in Marrakech,” he said in a recent phone interview. “I have too many houses and too many places to be in the world, and alas, the year is only 52 weeks.”