Arnaud Lagardère

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Arnaud Lagardère
Born (1961-03-18) March 18, 1961 (age 54)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Nationality French
Alma mater Paris-Dauphine University
Occupation General and Managing Partner, Lagardère SCA [1]
Salary 1,044,480 (2010)[2]
Total: 2,205,098 (2010)[3]
Net worth Decrease 345 million (2011)[4]
Partner(s) Jade Foret[5]

Arnaud Lagardère, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on March 18, 1961, is the son of Jean-Luc Lagardère, the former chairman of Matra and Hachette. He is the General and Managing Partner of Lagardère SCA, holding company of the Lagardère Group.


With a DEA higher degree (Master) in economics from Paris Dauphine University, Arnaud Lagardère joined the Lagardère Group in 1986.

He was appointed Director (1986) and then CEO (1989) of MMB, which became Lagardère SCA in 1996. Since that time, he has held different positions within the Group, including Chairman of Grolier Inc. in the United States (1994–1998), Chairman of Europe 1 - Communication (1999–2007), etc.; since 2003, he has headed the Lagardère Group as General Partner.

Since his arrival at the head of the group in 2003, Arnaud Lagardère has gradually refocused Lagardère Group to make it a pure media group which is among the world leaders in the sector. In book publishing, the group acquired 40% of Vivendi Universal Publishing, Houghton Mifflin, and Warner Books: Today, Lagardère Publishing is number two in its sector worldwide. In 2006, it created a new entity – Lagardère Sports – which became Lagardère Unlimited in May 2010, specializing in sport industry and entertainment, with the successive acquisitions of Sportfive, IEC IEC sports, World Sport Group and Best.[6] Today, driven by Arnaud Lagardère, the group is working to expand its business digitally, especially in publishing and media. Arnaud Lagardère has been a Director of France Télécom (2003–2008), LVMH (2003–2009), and FIMALAC (2003–2006), and a member of the Supervisory Board of Le Monde (2005–2008).

His partner is Belgian model Jade Foret.[5]


Positions in the group[edit]

Arnaud Lagardère is the General and Managing Partner of Lagardère SCA, holding company of the Lagardère Group. Arnaud Lagardère is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette SA, whose trade name is Lagardère Media, President of the Board of Directors of Lagardère Unlimited, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lagardère Active and Lagardère Services, and Director of Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing).

Other positions outside the group[edit]

Outside the group, Arnaud Lagardère is Director and Chairman of SOGEADE-GÉRANCE (a French holding company for aeronautics, defense, and space), member of the Board of Directors of EADS N.V., President of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation, and member of the Conseil stratégique des technologies de l’information (Strategic Information Technology Council).


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