Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault: The Fortune of the Entrepreneur

Bernard Arnault

billion euro
Shares in the LVMH Group 46.84%
birth date March 05, 1949 (73 years old)
Born in Roubaix, Nord Pas de Calais, France
nationality France
marital status married to Hélène Mercier (since 1991)
job entrepreneur
Full name Bernard Jean Etienne Arnault
children 5 (Delphine, Antoine, Alexandre, Frédéric, Jean)

How rich is Bernard Arnault?

When the cash registers ring at Sephora, Louis Vuitton and Co., Bernard Arnault’s fortune keeps growing. The Frenchman, who has applied for Belgian citizenship, now has an empire of luxury brands to call his own. The entrepreneur is the richest European and therefore one of the richest people in the world. Arnault has been the majority shareholder at Dior since 1985 and has also had his fingers in the game at the luxury group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton since 1989. From glamorous handbags that cost half a fortune to fine champagne, which of course comes from France, Bernard Arnault makes his money from the finer things in life. Even a French business newspaper is now part of his impressive empire. In the meantime, Bernard Arnault has made a fortune of 143.66 billion euros with his luxury articles .

Top brands under the LVMH umbrella

Some of the most well-known brands under the LVMH DACH:

  • Alcohol: Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Armand de Brignac, Krug, Belvedere, Hennessy
  • Fashion and accessories: Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Dior, Celine, Kenzo, Berluti, Rimowa, Fenty
  • Watches: Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Zenith, Hublot
From the small construction worker to the multi-millionaire
The wealthy Frenchman owes his wealth not least to his ancestors. After all, his father once earned a lot of money in the construction industry. Thus, the son had the wherewithal to join Christian Dior. This smart move ultimately cost him a good 12.5 million euros. Even at Hermes, Arnault, who has a degree in engineering, is now a shareholder. In fact, before entering the French luxury goods business par excellence, the savvy entrepreneur worked in the construction industry . He has built luxury holiday homes in both France and the USA, thereby demonstrating his entrepreneurial skills for the first time.


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