François is the founder of de Visscher & Co. and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise Bekaert. Bekaert, founded by his grandfather in 1880, has sales of $6 billion in over 100 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire (and related) products. François’ own endeavor, de Visscher & Co., is one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. François has a vast understanding of the many ways investments can have a positive impact that go beyond simply growing or expanding a business. He is also head of the NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-ear Technologies and chairman of Society of Friends of Belgium in America.