Louis Dreyfus Group

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Louis Dreyfus Holding
Société par actions simplifiée
Industry Food processing
Founded 1851; 165 years ago (1851)
Founder Léopold Louis-Dreyfus
Headquarters Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area served
Key people
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus (Chairman)
Gonzalo Ramirez Martiarena (CEO)
Products Energy trading, Raw materials, renewable and biomass energy, commodities
Revenue US$55.8 billion (2015)
US$211 million (2015)
Number of employees
17,500 (2015)
Website www.ldcom.com

Louis Dreyfus Group is a Dutch global food processing company that is involved in agriculture, metal, oil, energy and commodities (global processing, merchandising, trading and hedge fund), as well as international shipping. It also owns and manages hedge fund, ocean vessels, develops and operates telecommunications infrastructures and is involved in real estate development, management and ownership.[1] Louis Dreyfus is one of the "ABCD" quartet of companies - alongside Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge and Cargill - that dominates world agricultural commodity trading.[2]

Dreyfus makes up about 10% of the world's agricultural product trade flows. They also are the world's largest cotton and rice trader.[3] They are also regarded by many as the second-largest player in the world's sugar market. [4]

The company Louis Dreyfus Holding BV has its headquarters in the World Trade Center Amsterdam in Amsterdam.[5]

Louis Dreyfus companies are present in more than 90 countries, with 72 offices. Major offices are located in Geneva, London, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore, New York and Connecticut.[6]

Aggregate average annual gross sales in recent years have exceeded $120 billion. The company employs more than 22,000 people globally at peak season.


In 1851, the company was founded in the Alsace region of France, by Léopold Dreyfus, who developed a fortune whilst still a teenager through cross border cereal trading. Being underage when he founded the company, he did so in his father Louis' name, and later appended his father's first name to his surname. He rapidly diversified across shipping, weapons manufacturing, agriculture, oil and banking, thus establishing one of the wealthiest dynasties in Europe.[7] His descendants still own the company to this day. By the early 20th century, the Louis-Dreyfus family was described as one of the "five great fortunes of France". However, as a Jewish family during the Second World War much of the family assets were confiscated by the Vichy government and some members of the family fled to America.[8]

Leopold Louis-Dreyfus's great-grandson, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, was chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services, a subsidiary of the group involved in crude-oil trading, gas investments and infrastructure. Gérard is also the father of American actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the Emmy-winning star of Seinfeld. Another branch of the dynasty, based in Paris, was headed by Robert Louis-Dreyfus (who was also the CEO of Adidas) until his death in 2009. It is currently overseen by his widow, Russian-born Margarita Bogdanova Louis-Dreyfus.[9] A third branch of the family's business is headed by Philippe Louis-Dreyfus (born 1945) and is concerned primarily with offshore industrial activities and freight shipping operations.[10]

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  1. ^ "Groupe Louis Dreyfus S.A. - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on Groupe Louis Dreyfus S.A.". Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Reuters". Reuters. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bloomberg". Bloomberg. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "reuters". Reuters. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Contacts." Louis Dreyfus Group. Retrieved on October 30, 2012. "WTC Amsterdam Tower H - Level 25 Zuidplein 208 1077 XV Amsterdam The Netherlands"
  6. ^ "Louis Dreyfus". Intern Here. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Saatchi & Saatchi: The Inside Story, By Alison Fendley, page 100, Arcade Publishing, 8 Oct 1996
  8. ^ The History of Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945, Harvard University Press, 2004, By Mira Wilkins, page 479
  9. ^ Bermant, Yoel. "Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, Head of Louis Dreyfus Holdings, Is Winning the Battle to Keep the Company in Family Hands". Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Board of Advisors". London International Shipping Week. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 

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