by Scott Mehl
Prince Jean of Luxembourg
Prince Jean Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg was born May 15, 1957 at Betzdorf Castle in Luxembourg. He is the second son of Grand Duke Jean and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium. He has a twin sister, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein.
Prince Jean was educated in Luxembourg, Switzerland and France before attending the Bell School of Languages in Cambridge, England. He then enrolled in the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, graduating in 1978. He continued his education at the University of Geneva, and Webster University, also in Geneva, and began working at a financial firm in New York City. He returned to Europe in 1985, and the following year earned an MBA from INSEAD in France.
On May 27, 1987, Prince Jean married Hélène Vestur at the Church of Saint-Philippe-du-Roule in Paris. Jean had given up his succession rights the previous year, just after the birth of the couple’s first child. So upon marriage, his wife and children simply took on the surname ‘de Nassau’ with no royal style or title. In 1995, they were raised to Count/Countess of Nassau, and in 2004, Grand Duke Henri elevated the children to Prince/Princess of Nassau, with the style of Royal Highness. However, they do not retain any rights in the line of succession. Jean and Hélène divorced in 2004. The couple had four children:
- Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau (1986)
- Prince Constantin of Nassau (1988)
- Prince Wenceslas (1990)
- Prince Carl-Johan (1992)
In 2009, Prince Jean married Diane de Guerre. She holds the title of Countess de Nassau. They have no children.
The Prince does not undertake any official duties for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, however he is often in attendance at private family functions. He works with the GDS-Suez Group, and serves as Executive Vice President of the Suez Foundation, and a member of the board of Degrémont, a company which specializes in the production of clean and healthy drinking water. Degrémont is a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, SA. Continuing with his work in the area of water sanitation, Prince Jean purchased a subsidiary of Suez Environnement in 2006, and created Mea Aqua. This organization is focused on developing water and energy solutions in the Middle East and Asia.
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