World’s richest booze billionaires

1. Bernard Arnault

World ranking: #11

Country: France

Worth: $41.5bn

Age: 68

Business: Narrowly missing out on the a top 10 place, Bernard Arnault, CEO of French luxury brands conglomerate LVMH, is still the richest man in the world to have vested interests in the drinks trade with a personal fortune of $41.5bn.

The LVMH portfolio includes high-end Champagne brands Dom Perignon, Moët & Chandon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot, as well as Hennessy and Château d’Yquem, in addition to fashion brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi. Arnault has been CEO of the company since 1989, with the company reporting on record sales of nearly $40 billion in 2016.

An avid art collector, Arnault was the mastermind behind the $135 million Frank Gehry-designed Foundation Louis Vuitton museum in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne, which opened in October 2014.

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