Bernard Arnault, Tastemaker

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( Charlize Theron, Bernard Arnault and Anna Wintour attend the Dior 2008 Cruise collection fashion show )

Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man and arguably the most influential tastemaker in the world of luxury,

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chairman and majority owner of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, which includes high-end brands Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Tag Heuer watches, Donna Karan, Fendi and Moët & Chandon champagne, and of Dior and other companies, Bernard Arnault is required on a daily basis to balance the business needs of his sprawling empire with the exquisite good taste those brands must convey. What Arnault thinks matters globally. His is a $22 billion company in a $200 billion business. “They say God is in the detail,” says Sidney Toledano, CEO of Dior and a longtime Arnault buddy. “Here, the boss is in the detail.”

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