Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon

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Prince Napoléon
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Head of the House of Bonaparte (disputed)
Tenure3 May 1997 – present
PredecessorLouis, Prince Napoléon
Heir PresumptivePrince Jérôme Napoléon
Born (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 32)
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Full name
Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon
FatherPrince Charles Napoléon
MotherPrincess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
ReligionRoman Catholicism
French Imperial Family
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HIH The Prince Napoléon
Jeanne-Françoise Napoléon

HIH The Dowager Princess Napoléon

Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon[1] (Jean Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon; born 11 July 1986) is, in the views of some Bonapartists, head of the former Imperial House of France and the heir of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Family background[edit]

Prince Jean-Christophe was born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France. He is the son of Prince Charles Napoléon and his first wife Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, daughter of the late Prince Ferdinand of Bourbon, Duke of Castro, a claimant to headship of the former 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-great-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 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 heir 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 remarried without his father's authorization.[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.[4] 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]


In March of 2019 the engagement of Jean-Christophe to Countess Olympia of Arco-Zinneberg was announced.[8]

Countess Olympia is the daughter of Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg, great-grandson of Ludwig III of Bavaria, and Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, herself a daughter of Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, the second son of Charles I - the last Emperor of Austria. Prince Lorenz of Belgium is her mother's eldest brother. Both Jean-Christophe and Countess Olympia descend from King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.

Titles, styles and honours[edit]


  • 11 July 1986 – 3 May 1997: His Imperial Highness Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon
  • 3 May 1997 – present: His Imperial Highness Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon


Dynastic honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]




  1. ^ a b de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 437, 442 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. ^ Herbert, Susannah (12 March 1997). "Father and son in battle for the Napoléonic succession". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 June 2007.
  3. ^ F. Billaut (16 December 1997). "Guerre de succession chez les Napoléon". Point de Vue: 18–19.
  4. ^ a b c Jean-Christophe Napoléon. Linkedin profile. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Le prince Napoléon, un homme d'avenir". Point de Vue. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte". NOAH Conference. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. ^ O'Reilly, Edward (24 January 2019). "Did You Know? The Tale of the three Frenchmen who still lay claim to the throne". The Local. Stockholm. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  8. ^ [1]. La Libre. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 28 January 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Grand Magistral Appointments to the Constantinian Order and Royal Order of Francis I - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 29 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  11. ^ "City of London Banquet in Honour of HIH The Prince Napoleon - Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 30 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Luxarazzi: Louis and Tessy Attend Ball for Prince Napoléon". Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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