Antoine Arnault

Antoine Arnault

Chief Executive, Berluti

One of two heirs presumptive to the largest luxury group, he is transforming an Italian footwear business into an upscale menswear brand.

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One of two heirs presumptive to the largest luxury group, he is transforming an Italian footwear business into an upscale menswear brand.

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Biography

As the son of Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH, Antoine Arnault has big shoes to fill. It is perhaps fitting, then, that his first chief executive role is at Berluti, where Arnault is in the process of recasting the luxury shoemaker into a global luxury menswear label. 

Arnault began his career at LVMH in 2005, working in its advertising department. In 2007, he was appointed director of communications at Louis Vuitton, a role that would see him launch the ‘core values’ campaigns featuring unexpected international figures, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Muhammad Ali, as well as Angelina Jolie and Bono. In 2011, Arnault launched Les Journées Particulières, an opportunity for enthusiasts to enter the hallowed ateliers of LVMH’s design and accessories houses and witness the craftsmanship of their artisans.

One of two heirs presumptive to the LVMH empire, Arnault is often forced to justify his accelerated ascension through the company. Describing himself and his sister Delphine, Arnault says simply, "We work hard. We were raised with real values about the importance of work and respect for the people.”

Antoine Arnault sits on the board of LVMH, alongside his father and his elder sister Delphine Arnault. He lives in Paris with his girlfriend, model Natalia Vodianova.

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