Leaders & Philanthropists

Our regular series interviewing top figures changing the game in luxury, culture and sustainability, including owners, CEOs, philanthropists, foundations and fund principals.

Beam Suntory’s Kim Marotta On Sustainable Spirits

Beam Suntory’s Kim Marotta On Sustainable Spirits

Kim Marotta is head of sustainability at Beam Suntory, the drinks behemoth behind Jim Beam, Courvoisier and Sipsmith with annual revenues of more than $4bn. She speaks to Ella Johnson about what the sector can do to help preserve water and agricultural resources, and...

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GreenBiz’s Heather Clancy On Corporate Climate Action

GreenBiz’s Heather Clancy On Corporate Climate Action

Is there a one size fits all when it comes to corporate climate action? No matter how big a business is, says Heather Clancy, one thing is for certain: inaction is no longer an option. Clancy is Vice President and Editorial Director of GreenBiz, the media company...

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Unilever’s Rebecca Marmot On The Sustainable Everyday

Unilever’s Rebecca Marmot On The Sustainable Everyday

Rebecca Marmot is Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever, the consumer giant whose portfolio spans everything from Dove soap to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Under Marmot’s leadership, Unilever has made significant interventions in sustainability milestones like the...

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A tasting of Dalla Valle wines with the owners

A tasting of Dalla Valle wines with the owners

We taste some of the most admired vintages of Napa Valley, through the decades, with two generations of the owning family of the Dalla Valle estate, Naoko and Maya Naoko and Maya Dalla Valle make some of the most magical wines in the world. From their vineyards in...

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Patrick Sun on Promoting LGBTQ+ Art in Asia

Patrick Sun on Promoting LGBTQ+ Art in Asia

Patrick Sun is pushing forward a movement very close to his heart through his foundation Sunpride, which seeks to give equal opportunities to LGBTQ+ artists in Asia. Here, Sun speaks to Samantha Welsh about what his foundation has done for him personally and the wider...

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ZeroAvia’s Val Miftakhov on Zero-Emission Aviation

ZeroAvia’s Val Miftakhov on Zero-Emission Aviation

When the pandemic grounded air travel in 2019, it also brought grounding of a different kind: a chance to reflect on the aviation addiction which now constitutes 2 percent of all global carbon emissions. Far from settling into the flight-shaming craze, however,...

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Dimitri Zenghelis on Investing in the Green Transition

Dimitri Zenghelis on Investing in the Green Transition

Dimitri Zenghelis, Chair of the Responsible Wealth Committee at CapGen, is one expert in the concept of a zero-carbon economy. A PPE Oxon alumnus, Zenghelis is a lauded academic, entrepreneur, and advisor on fiscal policy – and that’s before we get on to his work as a...

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Justin Travlos on Responsible Investment Strategies

Justin Travlos on Responsible Investment Strategies

Justin Travlos is Global Head of Responsible Investment at AXA IM Alts. His management of a diverse investment portfolio is governed by one underlying principle: all decisions are made in the context of understanding where risk is – from a sustainability...

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Prince Robert de Luxembourg on Art & Fine Wine

Prince Robert de Luxembourg on Art & Fine Wine

Prince Robert de Luxembourg is taking Domaine Clarence Dillon and Château Haut-Brion, one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious wine estates, into the future by creating new winemaking facilities, a fine wine shop and a visitor centre. LUX speaks with him about mixing the...

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Philanthropy: James Chen on providing vision for all

Philanthropy: James Chen on providing vision for all

‘Moonshot Philanthropist’ James Chen speaks to LUX about the importance of risking capital for a mission that matters James Chen is on a mission to tackle a major problem that most of humankind doesn’t even realise exists. There are more than two billion people...

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Sophie Neuendorf on New Wave Collecting

Sophie Neuendorf on New Wave Collecting

The pandemic has changed the art market forever. A new model of purchasing and enjoying art is amazing, and a new generation of collectors with different passions is coming to the fore, as our contributing editor and columnist Sophie Neuendorf outlines 2021 is proving...

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Professor Peter Newell on climate responsibility

Professor Peter Newell on climate responsibility

Academic Peter Newell made waves in the global media recently with a report describing how the wealthy have a disproportionate effect on climate change, and a duty to change their travel, business and leisure habits. As COP26 kicks off in Glasgow, he speaks to LUX...

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Philanthropy: Cultural Changemaker Surina Narula

Philanthropy: Cultural Changemaker Surina Narula

Based between London and Delhi, Surina Narula has founded philanthropic endeavours as diverse as Jaipur Literature Festival, the Consortium for Street Children, and the TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards, among others. The governing principle underlying them all? A...

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Philanthropy: Helga Piaget on educating the next generation

Philanthropy: Helga Piaget on educating the next generation

Helga Piaget is the founder of the Monaco-based non-profit organisation Passion Sea, which reaches out to schools around the world with educational and artistic initiatives around ocean conservation. Here, Piaget speaks to LUX about pushing ocean conservation to the...

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Vitalie Taittinger on family business and philanthropy

Vitalie Taittinger on family business and philanthropy

Vitalie Taittinger took over her family’s champagne house in 2020. As well as controlling the creation of one of the world’s most celebrated drinks brands, she is actively involved in supporting emerging artists in France and elsewhere. She chats to...

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Philanthropy: Umberta Beretta on fund-raising for the arts

Philanthropy: Umberta Beretta on fund-raising for the arts

The role of philanthropy has never been more urgent, and is reflected in our ongoing online series. Here, Umberta Beretta outlines her work around women’s rights and art for the many Beretta was born into a family of prominent industrialists in northern Italy and is...

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Philanthropy: Manfredi Catella on sustainable development

Philanthropy: Manfredi Catella on sustainable development

Manfredi Catella is the CEO of COIMA, the real estate company behind Porta Nuova in Milan, one of the most important real estate developments in Europe. He is also president of the Riccardo Catella Foundation which aims to promote sustainable and responsible urban...

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LUX’s Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai on media

LUX’s Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai on media

Our Editor-in-Chief on the role of media and convergence in sustainability and luxury, from the editor’s letter in the summer 2021 issue A curious thing happened to the media during the first lockdown last year. The media became everything, and nothing. If you...

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Philanthropy: Lady Edwina Grosvenor on prison reform

Philanthropy: Lady Edwina Grosvenor on prison reform

Lady Edwina Grosvenor is the daughter of Britain’s richest landowner, the Duke of Westminster, and a passionate advocate for prison reform. She is the founder and chair of One Small Thing, an organisation that works with prisoners and staff in both male and...

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Philanthropy: Etienne d’Arenberg on Gen Z

Philanthropy: Etienne d’Arenberg on Gen Z

Etienne d’Arenberg hails from one of Europe’s oldest families and is treasurer of the Arenberg Foundation, whose mission is the promotion of the understanding of European history and culture. He is a partner of family-owned Swiss private bank Mirabaud. He is also...

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Olivier Krug on champagne and music

Olivier Krug on champagne and music

Olivier Krug, sixth generation director of the Krug champagne house, sits down for a tasting with a musical difference with LUX Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai Olivier Krug is smiling on a Zoom screen, standing behind a row of bottles in his office in Reims, Champagne....

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Lamberto Frescobaldi on 1000 years of tradition and wine

Lamberto Frescobaldi on 1000 years of tradition and wine

Lamberto Frescobaldi is the 30th generation (yes, you read that right) head of Florence’s Frescobaldi dynasty which has done everything from build bridges and palaces in Tuscany to create one of the world’s most epic wine groups. In the first of a new series on...

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Philanthropy: Durjoy Rahman on promoting South Asian art

Philanthropy: Durjoy Rahman on promoting South Asian art

Art collector and patron Durjoy Rahman founded the Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation in 2018 to promote South Asian art and artists to global audiences by hosting exhibitions, commissioning new works and facilitating cross-cultural residencies. As part of our ongoing...

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Philanthropy: Tessa Packard on charity & creative thinking

Philanthropy: Tessa Packard on charity & creative thinking

Tessa Packard is the founder of her eponymous fine jewellery brand, and a business mentor for several youth and education-focused charities. As part of our ongoing philanthropy series, she speaks to Samantha Welsh about charitable giving amongst younger generations,...

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COMO Group CEO Olivier Jolivet on travel trends for 2021

COMO Group CEO Olivier Jolivet on travel trends for 2021

Olivier Jolivet has sat at the helm of COMO Group since 2017. He oversees the COMO Hotels and Resorts portfolio across 15 locations, and masterminded the launch of Castello Del Nero, the group’s first property in continental Europe. Here, Jolivet tells Chloe...

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Philanthropy: Entrepreneur Wendy Yu on creativity & charity

Philanthropy: Entrepreneur Wendy Yu on creativity & charity

Fashion entrepreneur Wendy Yu is the founder and CEO of Yu Holdings, an international ambassador for the French Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, and a supporter of The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, BAFTA and numerous other charitable foundations. As part...

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Philanthropy: Model Nadya Abela on her children’s charity

Philanthropy: Model Nadya Abela on her children’s charity

Philanthropist Nadya Abela established the Nadezda Foundation in her hometown of Tver in Russia in 2015 to provide disadvantaged children with much needed medical care and educational support. In 2019, a sister foundation was registered in the UK. In the first of our...

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Bridgewater Capital founder Ray Dalio on ocean philanthropy

Bridgewater Capital founder Ray Dalio on ocean philanthropy

Once the sea casts its spell, it holds you in its net of wonder forever. So said the legendary Jacques Cousteau, and so it is with Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. Together with his son Mark, Dalio created OceanX to...

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