Philippe Pozzo di Borgo

Philippe Pozzo di Borgo is a Corsican French businessman who is the Director of Pommery and was the owner of an inherited historic hôtel particulier in Paris used as a function hall.


Philippe is the second son of the French duke Pozzo di Borgo and the Marquis de Vogue.[1] The noble family dates back to the 1500s.[2] After completing his education, he began working in the champagne industry. Prior to his job as director of Pommery, Philippe was a manager at Moët and Chandon.[1]

Philippe di Borgo became a diabetic quadriplegic in 1993 following a paragliding accident. Because of his disability, he attempted to commit suicide by wrapping an oxygen tube around his neck.[3]

In popular cultureEdit

Philippe's life story inspired the biographical movies The Intouchables,[4] Oopiri, Inseparables,[5] and The Upside.[6] These movies were based on his memoir, A Second Wind, which included his relationship with his Algerian attendant, Abdel Sellou.[3]


  1. ^ a b Rowney, Jo-Anne (2019-01-08). "The Upside true story; a quadriplegic, ex-con and their life changing friendship". mirror. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  2. ^ Chiodaroli, David (2019-03-28). "The Upside: The Movie vs. The True Story". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  3. ^ a b Whalen, Andrew (2019-01-10). "Here's the true story behind 'The Upside,' based on a French memoir". Newsweek. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ The true story that inspired a box office hit The Telegraph
  5. ^ Meunier, Emilie (September 6, 2017). "Remake américain d'Intouchables : Eric Toledano et Olivier Nakache ont vu les premières images... et ils ont été étonnés ! (VIDÉO)". Télé (in French). Yahoo. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston star in The Upside