Happy Birthday To New Rochelle’s Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault

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Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault turns 65 on Wednesday.
Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault turns 65 on Wednesday.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault!

Arnault, a long time New Rochelle resident, turns 65 on Wednesday.

Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault, a French businessman and an art collector, was born March 5, 1949. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH since 1989. Arnault is a noted art collector, known for his contemporary collection, which includes pieces by Picasso, Yves Klein, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol. He was also instrumental in establishing LVMH as a major patron of Art in France.

He owned the art auction house Phillips de Pury & Company from 1999 to 2003 and bought out the first French auctioneer Tajan. In 2006, he created a Louis Vuitton foundation for contemporary art.

Some of his awards include the following:

  • Commander of the French Legion of Honor (2007).
  • Grand Officer of the French Legion of Honor (2011).
  • Corporate Citizenship award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2011).
  • Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2012).
  • Museum of Modern Art’s David Rockefeller Award (2014).
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