Delphine Arnault

Delphine Arnault (born 4 April 1975) is a French businesswoman, director and executive vice president of Louis Vuitton (LVMH Group).

Delphine Arnault
Delphine Arnault

(1975-04-04) 4 April 1975 (age 45)
Alma materLondon School of Economics, EDHEC Business School (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord)
OccupationBusinesswoman in fashion
TitleDirector and executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton (LVMH)
Alessandro Vallarino Gancia
(m. 2005; div. 2010)
Partner(s)Xavier Niel (2010–)[1]
Parent(s)Bernard Arnault
Anne Dewavrin
RelativesAntoine Arnault (brother)


Education and early careerEdit

Delphine Arnault earned degrees from the London School of Economics and EDHEC Business School (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord).[2][3]

She began her career working for the strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company, and she joined LVMH in 2000.[4]

LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton)Edit

Since 2003, she has been a member of the management board of the group LVMH, the first woman and youngest person to occupy that post.[5]

She is also a member of the board of directors for the labels Céline, Loewe and Pucci, Moët Hennessy, and M6, as well as a managing partner of a wealth management company; more recently, she became a member of the board of directors of 20th Century Fox and Havas.[6]

In 2008, she was named deputy chief of the designer Christian Dior Couture, which she quit in 2013 to join Louis Vuitton as director and executive vice president.[7][8]

In May 2014, Arnault started the LVMH Prize, an international competition for young fashion designers.[9][10] The objective of the LVMH group is discover the talents and creativity of new designers: "It is necessary to recognize the talent and creativity, as well as the ways in which we can best help the growth of their business", she confirmed.[11]

Private lifeEdit

She is the oldest child of Bernard Arnault from his first wife, Anne Dewavrin. She has a younger brother, Antoine Arnault.

She married Alessandro Vallarino Gancia, heir to the famous Italian winemaker Gancia, on 24 September 2005. They divorced in 2010.[12]

She currently lives with her partner French businessman Xavier Niel with whom she has one daughter, born on August 17, 2012.[13]


  1. ^ "Biographie de Xavier Niel" (in French). Challenges. Retrieved 2020-05-25. Le compagnon de Delphine Arnault, fille de Bernard Arnault, est le plus gros business angel français
  2. ^ "Delphine Arnault devient numéro 2 de Louis Vuitton". Les Echos (in French). 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  3. ^ "Les petits secrets de la famille Arnault, propriétaire de LVMH". (in French). 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  4. ^ Delphine Arnault, Forbes, 15 May 2007.
  5. ^ Delphine Arnault - Director and Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, Investing Businessweek
  6. ^ Carole Bellemare avec Caroline Beyer,Delphine Arnault-Gancia impose sa marque chez Dior, le Figaro, 16 April 2008
  7. ^ Lisa Wang,Power Moves | Delphine Arnault to Leave Dior for Louis Vuitton, Business of Fashion, 24 June 2013
  8. ^ Arnault’s Girl Makes Vuitton Move,, 25 June 2013.
  9. ^ Delphine Arnault : l’instinct de mode, Le Figaro Madame, 27 May 2014.
  10. ^ Delphine Arnault, 39, Fortune
  11. ^ Un prix pour se mettre au travail, Le Monde, 9 June 2014.
  12. ^ Ellison, Jo (2014-10-10). "Lunch with the FT: Delphine Arnault". Financial Times. Retrieved 2020-05-25. She declines to confirm whether or not Niel is the father of her daughter, or even her daughter’s name.
  13. ^ Miel, Morgane (March 29, 2015). "Delphine Arnault : l'abécédaire de sa nouvelle vie". Madame Figaro (in French). Retrieved May 15, 2018.