Leaders & Philanthropists

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

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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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: 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: 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: 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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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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Fashion superstar Giorgio Armani on his global empire

Fashion superstar Giorgio Armani on his global empire

The designs of fashion superstar Giorgio Armani have become synonymous with the relaxed yet restrained and sophisticated style that has, over the nearly half century he has been in the business, transformed Italian tailoring. Harriet Quick talks to the legend about...

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Sir Rocco Forte on building his empire of luxury hotels

Sir Rocco Forte on building his empire of luxury hotels

Since he created it in 1996, Sir Rocco Forte has grown his eponymous luxury hotel group to include multiple properties in key destinations across Europe, with a major expansion this year within his family’s native Italy. And there are plans for the boutique...

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President of LEMA Angelo Meroni on business with a soul

President of LEMA Angelo Meroni on business with a soul

Founded in 1970, LEMA still remains family-owned and true to its ‘Made in Italy’ philosophy. The group collaborates with famed architects and designers to produce elegant, modern furniture and made-to-measure interior fittings for residential and...

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