Anne Gilberte Marie Beaufour was born in January 1965, the daughter of Albert Beaufour who died in 2000, and grandson of Henri Beaufour, the founder of Ipsen, France's second-largest pharmaceutical company. She has a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Paris-Sud.
When Albert Beaufour died in 2000, the family's 76% stake was split between three siblings, and sister Veronica sold her 6% stake. Anne and her brother Henri control 57% of Ipsen, and both sit on its board.
As of April 2016, her net worth is US$1.45 billion.