Monday, 26 March 2012

4.Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault

Net Worth
$41 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Chairman, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)
  • Age: 63
  • Source of Wealth: LVMH
  • Residence: Paris, France
  • Country of Citizenship: France
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Ecole Polytechnique de Paris
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 5
Forbes Lists
#4 Forbes Billionaire
 #1 in France
The world's ultimate arbiter of good taste and Europe's richest person once again, Arnault orchestrated another stellar year for his luxury-goods empire, LVMH. Profits jumped 22%, thanks to record sales at Louis Vuitton and the successful integration of Bulgari. The group formed a joint venture with one of the world's leading tanneries of crocodile leather, Heng Long. Arnault hasn't done as well with his more pedestrian investment in supermarket chain Carrefour, which is worth $1 billion less than it was a year ago. Among his personal high-end collection: He owns Indigo Island in the Bahamas (rent: $300,000 a week) and ski chalet Cheval Blanc in Courchevel.

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