Billionaire Bernard Arnault to nominate two more sons to LVMH board

Bernard Arnault is to nominate two more of his sons to the board of LVMH, further consolidating the hold of the controlling family’s next generation over the world’s biggest luxury group.

Both Alexandre, 31, and Frederic, 29, will be put forward as candidates for the board, according to people familiar with the decision, a move that will be watched for signs of which of the 74-year-old patriarch’s five children will succeed him.

LVMH is set to report annual results on Thursday (Jan 25), and board nominations will need to be voted through by shareholders at the annual meeting in April.

The Arnault family owns more than 48 per cent of LVMH shares and about 64 per cent of voting rights.

LVMH declined to comment on the nominations, first reported by French news outlet La Lettre.

Alexandre and Frederic will join older siblings Delphine, 48, and Antoine, 46, on LVMH’s board, leaving Jean, 25, as the only one not yet on the board.

All five Arnault children work in various parts of the group, and each new appointment is scrutinised for signs of how it is thinking about succession planning.

Arnault raised the age limit for chief executive to 80 in 2022, prolonging the time he could remain at the helm.

Earlier this month, Frederic was promoted to head of LVMH Watches, overseeing the Tag Heuer, Hublot and Zenith brands. Alexandre has overseen communications at US jeweller Tiffany & Co for three years.

“Succession is not a topic we think about today. It will come in due time. And he’s a master of timing,” Frederic told the Financial Times in an interview, referring to his father. 

Delphine, the eldest, took over as chief executive of fashion house Dior — the group’s second-biggest brand after Louis Vuitton — last year and sits on LVMH’s executive committee.