Kilian Hennessy

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Kilian Hennessy (19 February 1907 – 1 October 2010) was a French business magnate, of Irish origin, and patriarch of the Hennessy cognac company.[1]

Kilian Hennessy, the son of Jean Hennessy and Marguerite de Mun, was a direct, fifth generation descendent of Richard Hennessy, who founded Hennessy in 1765.[1] He became the CEO of Hennessy during the 1970s and spearheaded the 1971 merger with the Moët et Chandon champagne company.[1] The merger resulted in the creation of Moët Hennessy., which, in turn became a part of the new LVMH in 1987, becoming Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton. Hennessy remained a member of the luxury group's advisory board until his death in 2010.[1]


Hennessy died in Switzerland on 1 October 2010, at the age of 103.[1] He was a resident of Saint-Brice, Charente, France, and his death was reported by the commune's mayor, André Pelletant.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Cognac magnate Kilian Hennessy dies at 103". Agence France Presse. 2010-10-03. Retrieved 2010-10-10.