Bernard Arnault illustration by Joe Cummings. The French businessman has since retracted his intention to apply for Belgian citizenship.

Bernard Arnault - the richest man in France - is an inveterate dealmaker with a passion for art and the piano.


Since taking over LVMH in 1989, having trounced its old family shareholders in an epic power struggle, he has single-handedly built the French conglomerate into a world-leading luxury goods group with more than 60 brands.

LVMH and Hermès look to end their feud

LVMH will book capital gain of about €2.4bn on distribution deal

LVMH gives up fight for Hermès

Share distribution to end four-year handbag war

Q&A: Hermès versus LVMH

A guide to the war of the handbags

Big fashion names fund shopping app

Launch of mobile-focused start-up Spring

Xavier Niel: France’s rebel entrepreneur

LVMH blames strong euro for profit hit

First-half results for luxury group below analysts’ forecasts

Jewellery a driving force for hard luxury

Groups restructure as sales to China slow

Vito Acconci’s ‘Trademarks’
©Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Falckenberg Collection

Harald Falckenberg on the art world

Looking back over the past few decades, there is no sign that the art market bubble is about to burst

Jean-Claude Biver and Antonio Belloni

LVMH shakes up product-mix and strategy

The French group’s reshuffle is broadly welcomed

Detail from Bill Viola’s ‘Hall of Whispers’
©Atrium of Alava, Vitoria Gasteiz

Return to Paris

Two high-profile collectors take their work home

LVMH sees demand for core goods soften

Luxury goods group reports weaker-than-expected third quarter sales

Marc Jacobs to quit Louis Vuitton for own line

Creative director focuses on eponymous label before potential IPO

LVMH raises first-half sales by 6%

Rate of growth for luxury goods maker remains subdued

LVMH: the rabbit and the wolf

Italy’s loss of its luxury goods makers is the French conglomerates’ gain

LVMH spends €2bn on cashmere brand

French group buys 80% holding in Loro Piana

Hermes bags for auction by Bonhams, London
©Rex

Luxury: Object of desire

LVMH’s Bernard Arnault has collected scores of brands but his quest for Hermès has ignited a fierce handbag war

LVMH fined €8m over Hermès stakebuilding

Luxury group to appeal against French regulator's penalty

Tikehau buys 35% stake in Duke Street

UK group to use proceeds to seed new buyout fund

Hermès challenges LVMH’s stakebuilding

Birkin bags maker files complaint against ‘illicit’ equity swaps

Gucci China Flagship Store in Golden Eagle Department Store Shanghai FPhoto from Maosuit.com
©Maosuit.com

Kering takes new luxe to China

The owner of Gucci uses a devolved management model

Hermes handbag craftsman

Incoming Hermès chief rounds on LVMH

Dumas pledges ‘battle of our generation’

Top executives play game of musical chairs

Economic slowdown has led to hirings and firings as owners seek innovative yet experienced leaders, says Elizabeth Paton

LVMH accuses Hermès of ‘smear campaign’

Luxury group calls for stock exchange probe to be nullified

Louis Vuitton designs its own slowdown

Luxury group chief’s strategy is to put brakes on rapid expansion

GBL’s Frère a cross-border deals pioneer

Octogenarian has a net worth of $3.7bn

Chateau where? illustration by Ingram Pinn
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Jancis Robinson: Château where?

Arnaud Christiaens’ scheme to create first-growth rivals from unnamed vineyards is designed to kick the whole Bordeaux system where it hurts most…

LVMH unit sales growth disappoints

Louis Vuitton’s poor performance likely to raise concerns

Hollande seeks to ‘eradicate’ tax havens

LVMH head Arnault withdraws request for Belgian citizenship

Hermès sales in China rise 30%

Luxury group shrugs off worries of slowdown

Arnault’s right-hand man turns to Italy

LVMH’s éminence grise will look for synergies among luxury brands

Wealthy French eye Belgian tax perks

Inquiries about setting up foundations soar

LVMH’s Arnault warns over currency wars

Luxury goods group sees risk of strengthening euro

Arnault says Belgian move can shield LVMH

Chief plans a foundation there to ease succession

Milan Menswear: day four

The final day of the Milan shows bows out with a whimper

Arnault insists he is tax compliant

LVMH head issues statement denying any wrongdoing

Tax and economy hit French joie de vivre

Spending falls on champagne and toys amid gloom

Entrepreneurs follow Depardieu out of France

Wealth creators are packing their bags as higher taxes are imposed

Illness forces Louis Vuitton head to quit

Jordi Constans steps down four weeks after taking over

Obélix among the Belgians

Actor Depardieu attacks high French tax and threatens move

Le Monde hit by sudden death of editor

Loss of Izraelewicz deals blow to French newspaper