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Who is Delphine Arnault, Dior's new CEO and the eldest daughter of the world's wealthiest man, Bernard Arnault?

"On January 11, it was announced that Delphine, the eldest child of Bernard Arnault, the richest man in the world, will become the new CEO of Christian Dior, LVMH's second-largest brand."

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Who is Delphine Arnault, Dior's new CEO and the eldest daughter of the world's wealthiest man, Bernard Arnault?

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As the brand's executive vice president, she was instrumental in Louis Vuitton's expansion in the premium market. She was also the second woman and youngest member to join the LVMH executive committee.


Delphine was born near Paris on April 4, 1975, to Bernard Arnault and his first wife, Anne Dewavrin.

The head of the LVMH luxury group, Bernard Arnault (center), his daughter, then Louis Vuitton executive vice-president Delphine Arnault (left), and his son, LVMH communications head Antoine Arnault (right), arrive in Paris in September 2021 to open the exhibition The Morozov Collection, Icons of Modern Art at the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Photo: AFP


She became a part of fashion designer John Galliano's brand.

She joined fashion designer John Galliano's brand two years later to gain more industry experience. Galliano was also Dior's creative director at the time.

In 2005, she married an Italian wine heir.

In what Forbes called "France's wedding of the year," she married Alessandro Vallarino Gancia, but the couple divorced in 2010.

She became the LVMH executive committee youngest member.

Arnault, 43, became the LVMH executive committee's youngest member - and only the second woman - when she joined in 2019.

In January 2023, LVMH announced that she would take over as CEO of Christian Dior, succeeding Pietro Beccari, who will take over as CEO of Louis Vuitton.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, and Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, pose after the presentation of the group's environmental "Life" programme (LVMH Initiatives for the Environment) in September 2019 at LVMH headquarters in Paris. Photo: AFP


LVMH reported revenues of more than $60 billion in the first three quarters of 2022.


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