He was one of the real estate figures in France. He was known to professionals in the sector as well as to the general public, because he liked to intervene in the media and on social networks. Laurent Vimont, president of Century 21, died suddenly on Friday, March 11 at the age of 61. He succumbed to a heart attack. “He was feeling a little tired this morning when it never happened to him, and then you go,” says one of his associates.
“The 7,500 professionals of the Century 21 network, the staff of Century 21 France and its management committee, the Arche group and its president Philippe Briand have the immense sadness to inform you of the death of Laurent Vimont. […]† All our thoughts now go out to his family. Our pain is immense,” the group said in a statement.
Laurent Vimont – born in Montreuil – had started working in real estate in 1984, within the agency Cerim, which subsequently became the first agency of Century 21 in 1987. When the network was founded, he joined the founder Michel Trolled and held he holds various positions in the company – in marketing, management, sales…
He took over as president of Century 21 in 2009, a position he retained last year after the network was acquired by Arche from Nexity. A family group that already owned Cytia, Guy Hocquet, real estate in Laforêt, and announced the acquisition of Nestenn this Thursday. Buying or selling your house is “an exceptional act” where you bring “a little bit of flesh and blood into the relationship” with customers, he fondly recalled.
Laurent Vimont – jovial, at ease in front of an audience and endowed with a certain sense of formula – claimed not to have studied. “I am Bac – 2 and a lifeguard,” he even remembered in 2019, when he received the insignia of knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor from the hands of the former President of the Republic Nicholas Sarkozy.
“Laurent Vimont is the epitome of the Republican social elevator, he values work, commitment to the city, gender equality and diversity,” his group proudly tweeted. The boss had also received the insignia of Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2011, awarded by Benoist Apparu, secretary of state in charge of housing.
If real estate fascinated him, Laurent Vimont was far from all about real estate. “He was a real sports fan, especially boxing. He had set up a ring at Century 21 headquarters and trained there regularly. He had also launched the House of Champions, to support young athletes from different disciplines with a view to the 2024 Olympics,” said his collaborator.
He was also a motorcyclist and was a member of the Automobile Club de France – based in Place de la Concorde in Paris – where he hosted the Century 21 press conferences.
On Friday evening, tributes began to be paid to him on social networks. “I hear with emotion the disappearance of Laurent Vimont. He was a great professional, highly respected, with whom I have always maintained a relationship of trust and high-quality cooperation,” wrote, for example, housing minister Emmanuelle Wargon.
“I will long remember our sometimes rough, always fascinating exchanges,” said Ian Brossat, the deputy for housing at Paris City Hall. “We didn’t always agree,” underlined other more anonymous witnesses. But “he was a great man! †