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.

Pietro Beccari at the Trevi Fountain

Empire rebuilders

The chief of Italian fashion house Fendi on why the luxury brands are pouring cash into cultural heritage

'Leçon de Piano' by Matisse
©Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2016

Auction houses: Art market on the block

After a decade of record prices, Sotheby’s and Christie’s are facing a shortage of masterpieces

Paris must gain a head for heights

The French capital collects designs that will never be built, writes Adam Thomson

LVMH shares soar on strong sales

Lack of growth in China offset by other regions

LVMH shrugs off China slowdown

Group says its brands showed ‘outstanding flexibility’

Arnault and Catterton set up buyout firm

Family company and luxury brand join forces with private equity

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 17: A view of atmosphere inside the Roger Vivier boutique during the Vogue Fashion Night Out on Faubourg Saint-Honore, on September 17, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Roger Vivier)

Tod’s steps into Roger Vivier shoes

Italian tycoon Della Valle sells up amid talk of LVMH interest

Hampstead: London’s answer to Bel Air

Boom in bulldoze-and-rebuild-it buyers is ruffling feathers on the capital’s hilltop jewel

Raf Simons leaves Christian Dior

Designer quits fashion house to focus on own label

Designer open house

Luxury labels to target a new audience — the public. Charlie Porter visits Chanel’s ‘Mademoiselle Privé’ show at London’s Saatchi Gallery

©Alfredo Piola for Givenchy

Givenchy’s New York spectacular

Designer Riccardo Tisci and LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault on why they staged a huge public catwalk show

LVMH bags ex-Apple executive

Ian Rogers’ appointment highlights links between digital and luxury

Portrait of Quentin Sannié, CEP of Devialet in Paris
©Magali Delporte

Devialet’s acoustic workshop of Burgundy

Audio company prefers to make speakers in France over China

LVMH in talks to buy Le Parisien

Arnault’s luxury group in drive to build up media assets

Food the new frontier for Italian luxury

Investors greedy for country’s family-owned food groups

‘The Weather Project’, Elisson’s 2003 installation at Tate Modern, London
©Chris Young

Olafur Eliasson at Fondation Louis Vuitton

The philosopher of spectacle is staging an immersive show at Bernard Arnault’s new museum. He talks about its challenges

The Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry
©Iwan Baan

The Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

A home for Bernard Arnault’s art collection

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

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

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