Bernard Arnault is Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury products group.
Born to an industrial family in Roubaix, France on March 5, 1949, Mr. Arnault attended the Roubaix lycée and the Faidherbe lycée in Lille. He then went on to study at the Ecole Polytechnique, graduating in 1971.
He began his professional career that year as an engineer with the Ferret-Savinel construction company and successively was promoted to various executive management positions before becoming Chairman in 1978.
Mr. Arnault remained there until 1984, when he undertook the reorganization of the Financière Agache holding company. He returned the group to profitability as he embarked upon a strategy of developing the world’s leading luxury products company. In the process, he reinvigorated Christian Dior as the cornerstone of the new organization.
In 1989, Mr. Arnault accomplished his objective of creating the world’s leading luxury products group when he assumed control of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, vowing to assure French luxury goods brand leadership worldwide. Mr. Arnault has been Chairman and CEO of the company ever since.
Mr. Arnault is also President of the Board of Directors of Groupe Arnault S.A. (his family holding company).
Mr. Arnault is married and has five children.
He was appointed a Commander of the Legion of Honour for his services to the French nation and he is Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.