The Decanter Power List 2013
14 Bernard Arnault (11)
Chairman and CEO, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, 64
Forbes magazine has downgraded Arnault, with a personal fortune of US$29bn, from the lofty heights of world’s fourth richest man to 10th. LVMH, Arnault’s luxury goods empire, owns an array of designer perfumes, handbags and watches, but also one of the world’s great stables of fine wines: Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Krug, Ruinart, Cloudy Bay, Cheval Blanc, Cape Mentelle, Château d’Yquem, the tiny Numanthia and others. Arnault is sure-footed, employing such memorable individuals as Dom Perignon’s Richard Geoffroy, Krug’s Maggie Henriquez or ex-Cos d’Estournel boss Jean-Guillaume Prats at the division which runs Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle. Forbes’ description of Arnault as ‘the world’s most influential tastemaker’ would seem justified.