Alain Wertheimer

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Alain Wertheimer
Born (1948-09-28) 28 September 1948 (age 71)
Paris, France
Known forCo-owner and chairman of Chanel
Net worthUS$23.9 billion (June 2020)[1]
Parent(s)Jacques Wertheimer
Eliane Heilbronn (Fischer)
RelativesGérard Wertheimer (brother)
Charles Heilbronn (brother)
Pierre Wertheimer (grandfather)

Alain Wertheimer (born 28 September 1948) is a French billionaire businessman, based in New York City. He owns a controlling interest in Chanel, with his brother Gérard.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Wertheimer was born on 28 September 1948,[4] to a Jewish family,[2] the son of Jacques Wertheimer and Eliane Fischer. His grandfather, Pierre, co-founded Chanel with Coco Chanel.[1]


Wertheimer is the co-owner and chairman of Chanel.[1]

The privately held company is run by Alain who has presided over the acquisition of several non-Chanel brands, including Eres Lingerie and beachwear, Tanner Krolle saddles and leather goods, and Holland & Holland, a British gunmaker.[citation needed]

Based in France, the Wertheimer brothers own French vineyards including Château Rauzan-Ségla in Margaux, and Château Canon in Saint-Émilion, both of which have won rave reviews from oenophiles.[citation needed]

Both brothers are enthusiastic equestrians who also inherited and operate an important Thoroughbred horse racing stable they call La Presle Farm or Wertheimer farm for racing in the United States and is known as Wertheimer et Frère partnership in France.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Wertheimer is married, with three children, and lives in New York City.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Forbes profile: Alain Wertheimer". Forbes. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b World's Richest Jews Jerusalem Post
  3. ^ Deshpande, Jay (3 December 2014). "Time is Money: The 26 Richest Swiss Watch Barons". WatchTime. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Alain Wertheimer". Retrieved 15 January 2020.