Let me introduce the CEO of LVMH( Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) which is primarily the holding company of Louis Vuitton, Mr. Bernard Arnault. Bernard is a 68 year old Frenchman who first stepped up to the plate as the CEO and chairman of Louis Vuitton in 1989. Since then he has lead the luxury brand and it’s fine products to become the leading luxury group. While the actual Louis Vuitton and his sons built the brand from the ground up Bernard Arnault has done a miraculous job not only keeping the brand at the top of its competitors but also maintaining its luxurious styles and coveted bags, attire, luggage and shoes. What is a man of this stature actually worth? Arnault has a net worth of 61.6 billion dollars and is considered the second richest person in Europe. He is also undoubtedly listed as one of the top 10 billionaires on the Forbes list. So what exactly does he like to do when he isn’t running and maintaining Louis Vuittons luxury brand? He loves yachting! And not only does he love yachting he also is an expert yachter and perhaps has one of the biggest most luxurious yachts out there. Not surprising for a man that maintains one of the most popular luxury brands! If you haven’t read our post on the actual Louis Vuitton and how his brand came about now is the time to do so. Starting from the ground up and very humble if not poor beginnings Louis Vuitton pioneered his brand and left a legacy that was able to be maintained and continue to grow especially with the skills and work of a man such a Bernard Arnault.
Bernard began his love for yachts with the purchase of a 70 foot research vessel, Amadeus, he purchased in 2007. From there he renovated the giant ship converting the entire main deck into the master suite with 2 guest cabins and 2 twin cabins located on the yacht as well. He also completely had the interior of the boat redone. A vinyl boat wrapping expert we spoke with knew of the famous yacht and the renovations that followed. In fact the owner of a Florida Boat wrap company spoke of how many boat wrapping experts would have pulled teeth to be part of such a luxurious boat renovation. He stated that it’s not everyday you see a project that large and with the capacity and money to do so much. If the company could have bid for the job he said he had numerous ideas of what he could have done to add class and comfort. From vinyl wrapping the exterior of the massive ship, to the interior as well its a project he would have loved to even have been a small part of. However, Bernard decided to have this particular ship rebuilt in Taiwan. After its completion he enjoyed the beautiful yacht for a bit and then sold it to buy his pride and joy, the 101 meter Symphony yacht! This amazing super yacht is the biggest yacht built by Feadship. It boasts a golf tee located on the upper deck for guests to practice their swing. What’s even better is that the golf balls used are specially designed to biodegrade once they fall into the sea.
Being able to own and maintain a yacht such as the Symphony definitely comes with a hefty price tag. Bernard Arnault definitely can afford it thanks to the billions he has amassed from running the Louis Vuitton luxury brand. Perhaps one day Bert and his company will get the chance to work on one of his next yachts. What we can say is a huge thank you to the late Louis Vuitton for taking his talents and creating such a beautiful and classic brand that will continue to prosper..