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The Grand Hospitaller


The Grand Hospitaller’s responsibilities include the offices of Minister of Health and of Social Affairs and Minister for Humanitarian Action and Minister for International Cooperation. He coordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Grand Priories,  National Associations and other Order institutions world-wide, all of which are involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that Christian principles of care and human dignity are respected. 
The Grand Hospitaller is assisted by a Council composed of representatives of all the territorial regions where the Order of Malta operates.

Profile of the Grand Hospitaller 
H.E. Dominique, Prince and Count de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel 
Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion in Obedience

Born on 6 July 1950 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, he is married with three children. He was educated at Worth School (Crawley, Great Britain) and later at Collège Champittet in Lausanne and Lycée Florimont in Geneva (Switzerland). He finished his studies at the Institut Supérieur du Commerce of Paris.

From 1975 to 2004 he pursued a career in financial transactions, mainly in exchange transactions and on the gold market. Since 2003 he has managed a real-estate consultancy service and real-estate assets management company. He is administrator of the Société des amis du Musée de la Légion d’honneur (Paris).

He was admitted into the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1982 and became a Knight in Obedience in 2008. Administrator of the Sovereign Order of Malta’s French Association since 1994, then Vice-president from 1997 to 2000, he was elected as its President from 2001 to 2014.

Administrator since 1997 of the Order of Malta’s Œuvres Hospitalières Françaises, he was its Vice-president since 2012 as well as Vice-president of the Order of Malta’s French Foundation since 2008. From 2009 to 2014 he was Vice-chairman of the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem and, since 2010, member of the Sovereign Order of Malta’s International Hospitaller Committee (ICHOM – Rome).



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