When Bernard Arnault stepped into the world of fashion, he revitalized French couture and became known as the ‘Pope of Fashion’. Bestowed with France’s highest honor, Commander of the Legion of Honor, he was featured amongst the 100 most influential people in the world. He today heads the French conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, the largest luxury-products company in the world. Mohed Altrad’s Montpellier-based Altrad group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of scaffolding and cement mixers. Interestingly, this Bedouin-born man’s journey to becoming a billionaire started on a modest note. From having no means to survive and no knowledge of French whatsoever, he rose to become a French business tycoon. Today, Altrad Group has more than 7000 employees and customers in more than 100 countries. In a man’s world, Patricia Barbizet not just survived but persistently sustained. A prominent figure in the French business conglomerates, she served as the CEO of Christie’s in 2014, thus becoming the first female CEO of the company. Since 1992, she has served as the Executive Director of Artemis and is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Groupe PPR and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Christie’s. These French business magnates have shown the world that France is no less when it comes to business. Know more about them and a lot of other French business people, their life, their ambitions, their works and their achievements.
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949
Chairman & CEO of LMVH

François-Henri PinaultFrançois-Henri Pinault
28 May 1962
CEO of Kering

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821

Olivier SarkozyOlivier Sarkozy
26 May 1969

Françoise Bettencourt MeyersFrançoise Bettencourt Meyers
10 July 1953
Author and Board Member of L'Oréal
Arpad BussonArpad Busson
27 January 1963
Financier, Philanthropist

Richard MilleRichard Mille
13 February 1951

Liliane BettencourtLiliane Bettencourt
21 October 1922
Businesswoman, Socialite
Henri FayolHenri Fayol
29 July 1841
Industrialist, Management Thinker

Zahia DeharZahia Dehar
25 February 1992
Fashion Designer, Model
Patricia KaasPatricia Kaas
05 December 1966

David OgilvyDavid Ogilvy
23 June 1911

Auguste LumièreAuguste Lumière
19 October 1862
Inventor of cinematograph

Louis RenaultLouis Renault
12 February 1877
Founder of Renault
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-VersiniJean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini
29 August 1980

Christine LagardeChristine Lagarde
01 January 1956
Economist, Lawyer, Diplomat, Politician,

Joël RobuchonJoël Robuchon
07 April 1945

Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
28 October 1846
Candide ThovexCandide Thovex
22 May 1982
Freestyle skier

Pierre NantermePierre Nanterme
07 September 1959
Ned LamontNed Lamont
02 January 1954
Political Leader

Alain WertheimerAlain Wertheimer
28 September 1948

Delphine ArnaultDelphine Arnault
04 April 1975
Art collector
Jérôme KervielJérôme Kerviel
11 January 1977
Trader, Banker

Xavier NielXavier Niel
25 August 1967
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Thierry RousselThierry Roussel
16 February 1953

Daniel BouludDaniel Boulud
25 March 1955

Victor DraiVictor Drai
25 July 1947
Jacques DelorsJacques Delors
20 July 1925
Economist, Politician, Banker, Trade unionist

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Paul MarcianoPaul Marciano
1952 AD
Fashion Designer
Stephen GirardStephen Girard
20 May 1750
Sailor, Entrepreneur, Banker

James Mayer de RothschildJames Mayer de Rothschild
15 May 1792
Banker, Art collector, Economist, Businessperson

Adam SennAdam Senn
10 April 1984
Restaurateur, Television actor, Model

Antoine-Henri JominiAntoine-Henri Jomini
06 March 1779
Stockbroker, Writer, Officer, Military personnel,
Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD
Fur Trader
Jules RimetJules Rimet
14 October 1873
Football administrator

Jacques AttaliJacques Attali
01 November 1943
Economist, Banker, Writer, Engineer, University

Guy de RothschildGuy de Rothschild
21 May 1909
Art collector, Banker, Lawyer

François CotyFrançois Coty
03 May 1874
Jean-Claude TrichetJean-Claude Trichet
20 December 1942
Economist, Banker

André CitroënAndré Citroën
05 February 1878
French industrialist

Ludo LefebvreLudo Lefebvre
18 April 1971

Octave ChanuteOctave Chanute
18 February 1832
Civil engineer

Alain SoralAlain Soral
02 October 1958
Journalist, Publisher, Sociologist, Screenwriter
Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-SimonClaude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon
17 October 1760
Political and economic theorist

Jean-Louis DumasJean-Louis Dumas
02 February 1938
Fashion executive
Eugène SchneiderEugène Schneider
29 March 1805

Jacques FoccartJacques Foccart
31 August 1913

Claudie HaigneréClaudie Haigneré
13 May 1957
Paul Durand-RuelPaul Durand-Ruel
31 October 1831
Art Dealer

Alexandre DarracqAlexandre Darracq
10 November 1855
Jacques LaffitteJacques Laffitte
24 October 1767
French banker

Robert GuérinRobert Guérin
28 June 1876

Marcel Bleustein-BlanchetMarcel Bleustein-Blanchet
12 August 1906

Marcel BoussacMarcel Boussac
17 April 1889

Jean-Marie MessierJean-Marie Messier
13 December 1956
Jean-Jacques Servan-SchreiberJean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber
13 February 1924

Alphonse PénaudAlphonse Pénaud
31 May 1850

Eric BoullierEric Boullier
09 November 1973

Samuel WaksalSamuel D. Waksal
08 September 1947
Albert Kahn (Banker)Albert Kahn (Banker)
03 March 1860