Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon

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His Imperial Highness
The Prince Napoléon
Prince Jean-Christophe in 2006
Head of the House of Bonaparte
Tenure 3 May 1997 – present
Predecessor Louis, Prince Napoléon
Heir apparent Prince Louis Napoléon
Born (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 37)
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg
(m. 2019)
Issue Prince Louis Napoléon
Full name
Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon
House Bonaparte
Father Prince Charles Napoléon
Mother Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Religion Roman Catholicism

Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric, Prince Napoléon (born 11 July 1986) is the head of the Imperial House of France, and the heir of Napoleon Bonaparte, the First Emperor of the French.

Family background[edit]

Prince Jean-Christophe was born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France the son of Prince Charles Napoléon and his first wife Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, daughter of the late Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro, a claimant to headship of the Royal House of the Two Sicilies.[1] His parents divorced on 2 May 1989, two months before Jean-Christophe's 3rd birthday.

Jean-Christophe is the great-great-great-grand-nephew of Emperor Napoleon I (who has no legitimate direct descendants) through the emperor's youngest brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia. Through his mother, he is a descendant of King Louis XIV of France and through his great-grandmother, Princess Clémentine of Belgium, he descends from Leopold II of Belgium, William IV, Prince of Orange, Charles III of Spain, Frederick William I of Prussia, George II of Great Britain and Louis Philippe I, King of the French, who was the last king to rule France, while his great-great-grandfather was Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, the cousin of the Emperor Napoleon III, France's most recent monarch.

Prince Napoléon[edit]

Jean-Christophe's grandfather, Louis, Prince Napoléon, died in 1997 and stipulated in his will that he wished his 11-year-old grandson Jean-Christophe to succeed him as Head of the Imperial House of France rather than the boy's father, Charles, who had embraced republican principles and decided to remarry without his father's consent.[2] Despite the dynastic dispute, Jean-Christophe's father has stated that "there will never be conflict" between him and his son over the imperial succession.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Jean-Christophe studied at Lycée Saint Dominique in Neuilly-sur-Seine from 2001 to 2004, obtaining a baccalauréat with honours in the sciences and mathematics. From 2004 to 2006, he studied economics and mathematics at the Institut Privé de Préparation aux Études Supérieures (IPESUP) in Paris. Jean-Christophe matriculated at the HEC School of Management in Paris, graduating in 2011 with an MSc in management.[4]

He completed an MBA at Harvard Business School in May 2017.[5] Since then, he has worked as a private equity associate in the London office of the Blackstone Group.[6]

He has lived and worked in New York City as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley and in London as a private equity associate for Advent International. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.[4] He represents his dynasty's heritage at public events and ceremonies in France and elsewhere in Europe.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On 17 October 2019, he contracted a civil marriage with Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg at Neuilly-sur-Seine. On 19 October 2019, the couple were married religiously by the Roman Catholic bishop Antoine de Romanet at the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris. The wedding ball took place at the Palace of Fontainebleau.[8][9]

Prince Jean-Christophe and Princess Olympia have one son, Prince Louis Napoléon (born 2022).



8. Victor, Prince Napoléon
4. Louis, Prince Napoléon
9. Princess Clementine of Belgium
2. Prince Charles Napoléon
10. Albéric, Count de Foresta
5. Alix de Foresta
11. Geneviève Frédet
1. Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon
12. Prince Ranieri, Duke of Castro
6. Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
13. Countess Maria Carolina Zamoyska
3. Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
14. Count Pierre Joseph de Chevron-Villette
7. Chantal de Chevron-Villette
15. Marie de Colbert-Cannet


  1. de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 437, 442 (French)
  2. Herbert, Susannah. Father and son in battle for the Napoléonic succession (12 March 1997). The Daily Telegraph}}
  3. F. Billaut. Guerre de succession chez les Napoléon (16 December 1997). Point de Vue, Pages = 18–19}}
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jean-Christophe Napoléon. LinkedIn profile. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  5. Le prince Napoléon, un homme d'avenir. Point de Vue
  6. Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte. NOAH Conference
  7. O'Reilly, Edward. Did You Know? The Tale of the three Frenchmen who still lay claim to the throne (24 January 2019) The Local
  8. Royalty and social set gather for Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte's wedding at Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  9. One of Napoleon's heirs just married an Austrian countess, who is descended from Napoleon's second wife. Check out the lavish reception in the medieval palace where the French emperor himself once lived. at Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  10. Members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George (28 January 2013)
  11. Grand Magistral Appointments to the Constantinian Order and Royal Order of Francis I - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George (29 June 2014)
  12. City of London Banquet in Honour of HIH The Prince Napoleon (25 November 2015). Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George

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Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon
Born: 11 July 1986
Titles in pretence
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Emperor of the French
3 May 1997 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1870
Prince Louis Napoléon

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