NET WORTH : $187.6 Billion

Born in 1949, Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is a French businessman, investor, and art collector. The world's largest luxury goods firm, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is led by him as its founder, chairman, and CEO. Arnault is among the richest persons in the world with an estimated net worth of US$187.6 billion as of October 2023, according to Forbes.

Early Life

On March 5, 1949, Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault was born in Roubaix. "Fascination for Dior" was a trait shared by his mother, pianist Marie-Josèphe Savinel, who was the daughter of Étienne Savinel. His father, École Centrale Paris graduate Jean Léon Arnault, was a manufacturer and the owner of Ferret-Savinel, a civil engineering business. Brought up in a "strict Catholic-Auvergne" household by his pious Catholic grandmother, Arnault attended prestigious Catholic schools and studied classical piano.


Arnault received his education at the Lycée Faidherbe in Lille and the Lycée Maxence Van Der Meersch in Roubaix. After completing his studies at the top engineering school in France, École Polytechnique, he started working for his father's firm in 1971. Ferret-Savinel sold the industrial construction section and became Ferinel three years later, having persuaded his father to refocus the company on real estate. The corporation rebranded its real estate arm the George V Group after purchasing a textile company and moving its headquarters. Later, the real estate holdings were sold to Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE), which subsequently changed its name to Nexity.

Companies Owned By Bernard Arnault

  • Louis Vuitton
  • Dior
  • Bvlgari
  • Sephora
  • Céline
  • Fendi
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Givenchy
  • Moët & Chandon
  • Berluti
  • Guerlain
  • Ardbeg
  • Acqua di Parma

  • Louis Vuitton
    Louis Vuitton
    Louis Vuitton Malletier is a French luxury fashion label and business that was established in 1854 by Louis Vuitton. The majority of the brand's merchandise, which includes ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, books, jewelry, watches, sunglasses, and leather items, has the LV monogram. One of the most prestigious worldwide fashion houses in the world is Louis Vuitton. It offers its goods via e-commerce on its website, lease sections in upscale department stores, and freestanding shops.

    For six consecutive years (2006–2012), Louis Vuitton was named the world's most valuable luxury brand. Its 2012 valuation was US$25.9 billion. In 2013, the valuation of the brand was US$28.4 billion with revenue of US$9.4 billion. The company operates in 50 countries with more than 460 stores worldwide.

    Incorporation Year : 1854
    Revenue : $83 Billion

    Christian Dior SE, commonly known as Dior (stylized DIOR), is a French multinational luxury fashion house controlled and chaired by French businessman Bernard Arnault, who also heads LVMH. Dior holds 42.36% shares and 59.01% of voting rights within LVMH

    The company was founded in 1946 by French fashion designer Christian Dior, who was originally from Normandy. Haute couture is under the Christian Dior Couture division. Delphine Arnault has been the CEO of Christian Dior Couture since 2023.

    Incorporation Year : 1946
    Revenue : $85 Billion

    BVLGARI is an Italian luxury fashion house founded in 1884 and known for its jewellery, watches, fragrances, accessories, and leather goods.

    While the majority of design, production and marketing is overseen and executed by Bulgari, the company does, at times, partner with other entities. For example, Bulgari eyewear is produced through a licensing agreement with Luxottica, and Bulgari formed a joint venture with Marriott International in 2001 to launch its hotel brand, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, a collection of properties and resort destinations around the world.

    Incorporation Year : 1884
    Revenue : $113 Million

    Sephora is a French multinational retailer of personal care and beauty products with nearly 340 brands, along with its own private label, Sephora Collection, and includes beauty products such as cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, nail color, beauty tools, body lotions and haircare.

    The company was founded in Limoges in 1969 and is currently based in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.Sephora is owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH as of 1996.

    Incorporation Year : 1969
    Revenue : $10 Billion

    The LVMH company has owned the French luxury ready-to-wear and leather goods brand Celine (previously called Céline, styled in all capitals) since 1996. Céline Vipiana created it back in 1945. Since November 2015, the company's offices have been housed at the Hôtel Colbert de Torcy, a French Historic Monument, at 16 rue Vivienne in Paris's 2nd arrondissement. Since April 2017, Séverine Merle has held the position of Chief Executive Officer.

    On January 21, 2018, LVMH announced that Hedi Slimane would take over at Celine as its artistic, creative and image director

    Incorporation Year : 1945
    Revenue : $3 Billion

    Producing fur, ready-to-wear, leather products, shoes, perfumes, eyewear, watches, and accessories, Fendi is an Italian luxury fashion brand. Fendi, which was established in Rome in 1925, is well-known for its leather items, fur, and fur accessories. Fendi has been a member of the French conglomerate LVMH's "Fashion & Leather Goods" business since 2001. Its main office is located in Rome's Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana.

    Incorporation Year : 1925
    Revenue : $3.6 Billion

    Tiffany & Co.
    Tiffany & Co
    Tiffany & Co. (colloquially known as Tiffany's) is an American luxury jewelry and specialty design house headquartered on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Tiffany is known for its luxury goods, particularly its sterling silver and diamond jewelry. These goods are sold at Tiffany stores, online, and through corporate merchandising. Its name and branding are licensed to Coty for fragrances and to Luxottica for eyewear.

    On January 7, 2021, multinational holding company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton acquired majority stake in Tiffany & Co. for US$15.8 billion and delisted Tiffany's stock from the New York Stock Exchange. It remains headquartered in New York City and operates as an independent subsidiary.

    Incorporation Year : 1837
    Revenue : $15.4 Billion

    Givenchy is a French luxury fashion and perfume house. It hosts the brand of haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics of Parfums Givenchy. The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy and is a member of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et du Prêt-à-Porter. It is currently owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH.

    From 2 May 2017 until 10 April 2020, its artistic director was Clare Waight Keller, the first woman to hold that position.

    Incorporation Year : 1952
    Revenue : $25 Billion

    Moët & Chandon
    Moët & Chandon
    Moët & Chandon, also known simply as Moët, is a French fine winery and part of the luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE. Moët et Chandon is one of the world's largest champagne producers and a prominent champagne house. Moët et Chandon was established in 1743 by Claude Moët, and today owns 1,190 hectares (2,900 acres) of vineyards, and annually produces approximately 28,000,000 bottles of champagne.

    Incorporation Year : 1743
    Revenue : $2.5 Billion

    Guerlain is a French perfume, cosmetics and skincare house, which is among the oldest in the world. Many traditional Guerlain fragrances are characterized by a common olfactory accord known as the "Guerlinade". The house was founded in Paris in 1828 by the perfumer Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain. It was run by the Guerlain family until 1994, when it was bought by the French multinational company LVMH. Its flagship store is 68, Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris

    Incorporation Year : 1828
    Revenue : $80 Billion

    Berluti is a French leather maker that manufactures menswear, especially the leather finishing of calfskin, kangaroo leather and alligator skin in its production of shoes and boots. It makes leather belts, bags, and wallets, as well as bespoke and ready-to-wear garments. Established in 1895 by Italian Alessandro Berluti of Marche, Berluti is based in Paris on rue Marbeuf. The latest creative director was Kris Van Assche.

    Incorporation Year : 1895
    Revenue : $110 Million

    Ardbeg Distillery
    Ardbeg Distillery
    Ardbeg distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery in Ardbeg on the south coast of the isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides group of islands. The distillery is owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, and produces a heavily peated Islay whisky. The distillery uses malted barley sourced from the maltings in Port Ellen.

    Incorporation Year : 1815
    Revenue : $15.9 Million

    Acqua Di Parma
    Acqua Di Parma
    Acqua Di Parma is an Italian lifestyle and fashion company that produces fragrances, candles, bathrobes, and leather accessories. All of its ranges are exclusively made in Italy, and distributed in 43 countries.

    Incorporation Year : 1916
    Revenue : $30 Million

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