In the wake of Kim Kardashian’s $10M jewel heist at a Parisian hotel a few years ago, her bodyguard Pascal Duvier received all the flak. Click to know why. Security threats usually go with fame, power and money. Pascal Duvier knows this too well, so much so that the German judo expert established a security company named Protect Security, to look after the safety of Hollywood’s brightest stars.
As the founder and CEO of Protect Security, Pascal’s net worth is estimated at $1 million as of April 2020. Interviewed by the New York Times, vice Chair Tim Williams of Pinkerton, a private security and detective agency founded in 1850, stated that hiring a trained driver can cost from $2,000 to $10,000 a day, which may include an armored car, counter surveillance and armed guards.
Other industry executives interviewed by the same media outlet revealed that a full-time bodyguard from a well-established firm costs between $150,000 and $300,000 annually. The industry is booming, with Williams further noting a 20 to 30 percent increase in requests for executive security in recent years.
Pascal Duvier’s Car and House Before filing for insolvency in July 2016, Pascal Duvier used to drive around town in Germany, a top-of-the-range S-Class Limousine worth over €100K. He listed his residence in the scenic Marbella, southern part of Spain, but no available photos have surfaced.
Scottish actor Sean Connery, CBE used to have a beachside villa in Marbella, as well. Pascal Duvier Personal Life When Pascal was 6 years old, his mother brought him to a judo practice class to keep him away from boxing-- his father’s chosen profession.
He fell in love with the sport right away. He later attended Heidelberg University in Germany to take up Mathematics. In an interview, he admitted to having turned down offers from two unnamed major modelling companies. When asked on Twitter if he’s friends with his clients, Pascal answered he is hired to do a job, not to be a friend.
Pascal Duvier Family He has a sister named Denise and his mother’s name is Barbe. Pascal is a dedicated father to her two daughters, Alisha and Beline. He is divorced from their mother, Glenda since 2013. Pascal Duvier’s Protect Security Setting up Protect Security in 1997 was Duvier’s first jab at the industry.
Two years later, he snagged his major event, the 1999 Grammy Awards. Other awards shows such as the Golden Globes also contracted him. Pascal Duvier: Bodyguard to the Stars His roster of clients include singers Kanye West, Fergie, Ciara,Tiesto, Afrojack, Miguel, and Frank Ocean.
Other celebrities who feel safer with Duvier around are; Kelly Rowland, Katy Perry, Cara Delevingne, Christina Aguilera, Meghan Trainor, The Pussycat Dolls, The Police, Lana del Rey, U2, and Skrillex. Where Was He During the Incident? The man who was supposed to protect her, Duvier, was in a nearby club accompanying Kim’s sisters Kendall Jenner and Kourtney.
Traumatized and shaken following the incident, Kim took a break from the limelight and did not appear in public for months. The family also paused tapings for their show, Keeping up With The Kardashians to support Kim. Her two children were fortunately in New York during the incident.
Pascal Duvier Fired While claiming that Kim does not blame Pascal for the incident, the Kardashian-West family decided to let the bodyguard go after four years. Pascal refused to comment on the matter despite being fired by the couple.
Duvier on Kardashian’s Hotel Robbery The social-media savvy bodyguard instead took to Twitter to express his thoughts: “ The events that occurred in Paris was one of the most sickening things I have seen or heard (sic).
We have tips and leads and we will find you. That I promise you.. you messed with the wrong one”. Duvier’s sister Denise came in his defense and told the Mail Online he is “really angry and emotional” about what happened to Kardashian.
Denise added that while her brother was subjected to unfair criticism, he is not going to stop until he finds who the perpetrators are. A former media reporter,Vitalii used his media pass to gain access to the stars. Insurance Company Sues Pascal Duvier AIG Insurance later sued Pascal for $6.1 million, representing the amount they paid for Kardashian’s stolen jewelries.
Based on AIG records, Duvier not only erred in leaving Kardashian without a bodyguard. There were few security lapses that were not flagged by him, among them, the unlocked front gate to the courtyard and the nonfunctional front door intercom.
Duvier’s Bankruptcy Claims
Pascal filed for bankruptcy for his firm Protect Security at a court in Germany, in July 2016-- before Kim’s jewel heist. His firm had reportedly racked up debts of over €1M ($1.18M).
According to Daily Mail online, Protect Security’s unnamed court-appointed lawyer mentioned the last available accounts from the firm’s 2014 records showed an income of just over €760,000 ($822K). No updates are available on Pascal Duvier’s bankruptcy claims and on the AIG Insurance suit.