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Edouard Louis Joseph EMPAIN

Belgian Edouard Louis Joseph EMPAIN

Belgian engineer, entrepreneur, financier and industrialist

Source :  Jean WAROUX

Born: on September 20, 1852 in Beloeil, Belgique
Died: on July 22, 1929 in Woluwé-Saint-Pierre, Belgique


Biography

Empain was born at Belœil, Belgium, and was the son of schoolteacher François Julien Empain and his wife Catherine (née Solivier). He went into business with his brother, Baron François Empain and other family members, and amassed a great fortune.

Empain began his career a draughtsman at a metallurgical company, Société métallurgique, in 1878, and became involved in railway construction when he noticed that transport infrastructure in the countryside was inadequate. After success in Belgium with the Liège-Jemeppe line, his companies developed several railway lines in France, including the creation of the Paris Métro.

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