The titan, the visionary, and St Tropez enthusiast Bernard Arnault has taken the number one spot on the 2023 Forbes list of billionaires as the richest man in the world, beating out such heavy competition as Elon Musk and Warren Buffett. This French entrepreneur is well known for building and running the luxury goods empire LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, currently boasting a net worth of $211 billion. In addition to his vast personal and professional portfolio of investments in a number of properties and businesses, Arnault is the CEO of LVMH and a 97.5% stakeholder in Christian Dior.
The influence of this impressive 74 year old French business is felt in many top locations around the world; none more so than in Saint Tropez. Owning a number of properties and a top luxury hotel in this iconic French village, Bernard Arnault is a true lover of the Saint Tropez lifestyle.
St Tropez House takes a deeper look into the broad reach of Bernard Arnault and LVMH to better understand their significant presence in Saint Tropez.
Who is the richest owner of a property in Les Parcs de Saint Tropez?
Bernard Arnault is the richest property owner in Les Parcs de Saint Tropez, owning a majestic seafront chateau in the most prestigious gated domain of St Tropez. He has been seen playing tennis on the courts of this gated community!
What Saint Tropez properties do Bernard Arnault and LVMH own?
Saint Tropez is home to several properties and businesses owner by Bernard Arnault and LVMH. Arnault has invested in over nine ultra-luxurious properties in both France and the United States; from an illustrious château in Les Parcs de Saint Tropez to a chic Parisian home and at least six properties in Beverly Hills, one purchased for $42 million. Arnault’s investments also include an impressive superyacht called Symphony which is worth roughly $190 million.
In addition to his personal property investments, LVMH is also the proud owner of a prestigious Tropézienne property. In 2016 LVMH Hotel Management division bought the former La Résidence de la Pinède and transformed it into the world renowned hotel retreat it is today, the Cheval Blanc. After completing major renovations in 2018, the Cheval Blanc opened its illustrious doors to the public in 2019 and has remained at the forefront of the hotel and culinary industry since. This stunning hotel is home to 3-star Michelin restaurant La Vague d’Or.
Does LVMH Group own vineyards in or around Saint Tropez?
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This leading luxury brand has in recent years turned its investment interest to the world of vinification. As part of an ongoing confidence and eagerness to support the French wine industry, LVMH has purchased a range of prestigious wineries in and around Saint Tropez. In addition to those listed below, the group purchased Château Galoupet in La Londe-les-Maures in 2019.
Home to the internationally renowned rosé Whispering Angel, Moët-Hennessy (part of the LVMH group) purchased the majority share of Château d’Esclans in 2019 with the intention of taking full ownership in 2024. Located just northeast of Saint Tropez, this stunning vineyard produces 10 million bottles per year and distributes to over 100 countries. In addition to the Château, the group also acquired the adjoining estate Jas d’Esclans and nearby Château de Vaucouleurs..
Address: Château d’Esclans, 4005 route de Callas, 83920, La Motte en Provence, France Telephone: +33 (0) 494-604-040 :
After belonging to the Matton-Farnet family since 1936, the famous Château Minuty, spreading over 160 ha of vines across the most prestigious land of Saint Tropez, was acquired by the LVMH group in February of 2023. Having built an internationally recognised and successful brand over the decades, Minuty has become one of the most celebrated brands of Provence wine in the world.
Address: Château Minuty, 2491 Rte de la Berle, 83580 Gassin, France
Telephone: +33 (0) 494-561-209
What top St Tropez restaurant does Bernard Arnault own?
The exclusive and flawlessly elegant Italian restaurant Cipriani, with locations in top cities from Miami to Monaco, opened its doors in Saint Tropez in July of 2021. Under joint ownership of French luxury brand titans LVMH and Moma Group, this location was built in total secrecy and took the luxury hospitality world by storm!
Address: Cipriani St Tropez, 15 Rue François Sibilli, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
Telephone: +33 (0) 422-470-910
Who is Bernard Arnault?
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*Jean Arnault with older brother Alexandre Arnault
Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is many things; from an investor, business titan, art collector and founder of the largest luxury goods business the world has ever seen. In addition to this he is also a family man and father of 5 children. His children, Delphine Arnault, Antoine Arnault, Frédéric Arnault, Alexandre Arnault, Jean Arnault all work across and within LVMH and its brands and have created names for themselves in their own right. Delphine is not only director, executive vice president and heiress of Louis Vuitton but in February 2023 was also appointed CEO of Dior. Jean the youngest son is at the helm of the watch division and Alexandre is not only executive vice president of Tiffany & Co but is also a renowned jet-setter and ambassador to US stars and rappers.