Niel, one of France's richest men, bypassed its famous colleges.
The man listening intently to the artsy-looking twentysomething isn't a talent agent or even a college professor -- though he's keenly interested in education. He is Xavier Niel, one of the richest people in France (estimated net worth: $7.8 billion), who achieved his wealth by disrupting his country's telecommunications industry. Now Niel, 46, wants to upend another French institution: its notoriously rigid education system.
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