Luxury Power 50

47. Thierry Servant

Age: 70

The erstwhile chairman of L’Oreal Spain is now the majority owner of Lavinia, billed as “the world’s only significant international wine retailer”.

The privately held company started life in Madrid in 1999 and now operates stores in Paris, Barcelona and Geneva, alongside a franchise in Kiev.

Aiming to be the midpoint between the impersonal supermarket and intimidating independent merchant, the 1,500 square metre Paris store boasts 180,000 bins, making it the largest wine shop in the world.

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