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
Socialite
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
Businessman

Zahia DeharZahia Dehar
25 February 1992
Fashion Designer, Model

Olivier SarkozyOlivier Sarkozy
26 May 1969
Banker
Arpad BussonArpad Busson
27 January 1963
Financier, Philanthropist

Françoise Bettencourt MeyersFrançoise Bettencourt Meyers
10 July 1953
Author and Board Member of L'Oréal

Richard MilleRichard Mille
13 February 1951
Businessman
Liliane BettencourtLiliane Bettencourt
21 October 1922
Businesswoman, Socialite

Henri FayolHenri Fayol
29 July 1841
Industrialist, Management Thinker
Patricia KaasPatricia Kaas
05 December 1966
Singer

David OgilvyDavid Ogilvy
23 June 1911
Businessman

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
Restaurateur

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

Jean Paul GaultierJean Paul Gaultier
24 April 1952
Fashion designer

Ned LamontNed Lamont
03 January 1954
Businessman
Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
28 October 1846
Chef

Joël RobuchonJoël Robuchon
07 April 1945
Chef
Mohamed A. El-ErianMohamed A. El-Erian
19 August 1958
Businessman

Victor DraiVictor Drai
25 July 1947
Entrepreneur

Thierry RousselThierry Roussel
16 February 1953
Businessperson
Jérôme KervielJérôme Kerviel
11 January 1977
Trader, Banker

Delphine ArnaultDelphine Arnault
04 April 1975
Art collector
Alain WertheimerAlain Wertheimer
28 September 1948
entrepreneur

Xavier NielXavier Niel
25 August 1967
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Daniel BouludDaniel Boulud
25 March 1955
Chef
Pierre NantermePierre Nanterme
07 September 1959
Businessperson

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Henri de Saint-SimonHenri de Saint-Simon
17 October 1760
Political Theorist
Basil ZaharoffBasil Zaharoff
06 October 1849
Arms dealer

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

Stephen GirardStephen Girard
20 May 1750
Sailor, Entrepreneur, Banker

Paul MarcianoPaul Marciano
1952 AD
Fashion Designer
Adam SennAdam Senn
10 April 1984
Restaurateur, Television actor, Model
Ludo LefebvreLudo Lefebvre
18 April 1971
Restaurateur

Jacques DelorsJacques Delors
20 July 1925
Economist, Politician, Banker, Trade unionist

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

Robert GuérinRobert Guérin
28 June 1876
Journalist
Jules RimetJules Rimet
14 October 1873
Football administrator

Antoine-Henri JominiAntoine-Henri Jomini
06 March 1779
Stockbroker, Writer, Officer, Military personnel,

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

Alain SoralAlain Soral
02 October 1958
Journalist, Publisher, Sociologist, Screenwriter

Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD
Fur Trader
André CitroënAndré Citroën
05 February 1878
French industrialist

Joseph Marie JacquardJoseph Marie Jacquard
07 July 1752
Inventor
Paul RicardPaul Ricard
09 July 1909
Industrialist

François CotyFrançois Coty
03 May 1874
Perfumer

Jean-Claude TrichetJean-Claude Trichet
20 December 1942
Economist, Banker
Candide ThovexCandide Thovex
22 May 1982
Freestyle skier

Octave ChanuteOctave Chanute
18 February 1832
Civil engineer
Samuel D. WaksalSamuel D. Waksal
08 September 1947
CEO

Jean-Louis DumasJean-Louis Dumas
02 February 1938
Fashion executive

Maurice de HirschMaurice de Hirsch
09 December 1831
Financier

Jacques FoccartJacques Foccart
31 August 1913
Businessman

Élie de RothschildÉlie de Rothschild
29 May 1917
Banker
Jacques CœurJacques Cœur
1395 AD
Merchant

Eugène SchneiderEugène Schneider
29 March 1805
Industrialist

Paul Durand-RuelPaul Durand-Ruel
31 October 1831
Art Dealer

Jean-Luc LagardèreJean-Luc Lagardère
10 February 1928
Entrepreneur
Claudie HaigneréClaudie Haigneré
13 May 1957
Doctor

Gabriel VoisinGabriel Voisin
05 February 1880
Engineer
Jacques LaffitteJacques Laffitte
24 October 1767
French banker

Roger VergéRoger Vergé
07 April 1930
Chef and restaurateur

Marcel Bleustein-BlanchetMarcel Bleustein-Blanchet
12 August 1906
Entrepreneur
Marcel BoussacMarcel Boussac
17 April 1889
Entrepreneur

Jean-Jacques Servan-SchreiberJean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber
13 February 1924
Journalist
Maurice GirodiasMaurice Girodias
12 April 1919
Publisher

Charles Xavier ThomasCharles Xavier Thomas
05 May 1785
Inventor

Casimir Pierre PérierCasimir Pierre Périer
11 October 1777
Banker
Christophe PlantinChristophe Plantin
1520 AD
Printer

Jean-Marie MessierJean-Marie Messier
13 December 1956
Businessman
Alphonse PénaudAlphonse Pénaud
31 May 1850
Designer

Philippe ChatrierPhilippe Chatrier
02 February 1928
Journalist

Louis Charles BreguetLouis Charles Breguet
02 January 1880
Aircraft designer

Claudius RichClaudius Rich
28 March 1787
Businessman
Jean, Baron de BatzJean, Baron de Batz
26 January 1754
Businessman
Alexandre DarracqAlexandre Darracq
10 November 1855
Investor

Nicolas PerrotNicolas Perrot
1644 AD
Traveler

Gaston GallimardGaston Gallimard
18 January 1881
Publisher

Jean-Pierre GarnierJean-Pierre Garnier
31 October 1947
Businessman
Maurice FarmanMaurice Farman
21 March 1877
Aviator

Benoît ViolierBenoît Violier
22 August 1971
Chef

Jean AngoJean Ango
1480 AD
Ship-owner

Hilaire de ChardonnetHilaire de Chardonnet
01 May 1839
Engineer

Achille FouldAchille Fould
17 November 1800
Financier
Eric BoullierEric Boullier
09 November 1973
Engineer

François CabarrusFrançois Cabarrus
15 November 1752
Financier
Robert HersantRobert Hersant
30 January 1920
Political leader

Samuel BernardSamuel Bernard
29 October 1651
Financier
Pierre-Georges LatécoèrePierre-Georges Latécoère
25 August 1883
Business owner
Gilbert TriganoGilbert Trigano
28 July 1920
Business executive