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Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A.
Company typePublic (Société Anonyme)
IndustryLuxury goods
PredecessorRembrandt Group Limited
Founded1988; 36 years ago (1988) in Geneva, Switzerland
FounderJohann Rupert
Area served
Key people
Nicolas Bos (CEO)

Jérôme Lambert (COO)

Johann Rupert (Chairman)
RevenueIncrease 19.95 billion[1] (2023)
Increase €5.031 billion[1] (2023)
Decrease €0.301 billion[1] (2023)
Total assetsIncrease €40.89 billion[1] (2023)
Total equityDecrease €19.02 billion[1] (2023)
OwnerCompagnie Financière Rupert (Rupert family) (10% equity, 51% voting power)[1]
Number of employees
33,959[1] (2023)
  • Jewellery Maisons
  • Specialist Watchmakers
  • Other Businesses
SubsidiariesSee § Subsidiaries

Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., commonly known as Richemont, is a Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company founded in 1988 by South African businessman Johann Rupert. Through its various subsidiaries, Richemont produces and sells jewellery, watches, leather goods, pens, firearms, clothing, and accessories. Richemont is publicly traded as CFR on the SIX Swiss Exchange[2] and the JSE.[3]

The brands it owns include A. Lange & Söhne, Alaïa, AZ Factory, Baume & Mercier, Buccellati, Cartier, Chloé, Delvaux, Dunhill, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Mr Porter, Net-a-Porter, Panerai, Piaget, Peter Millar, Purdey, Roger Dubuis, Serapian, The Outnet, TimeVallée, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vhernier, Watchfinder & Co., and Yoox.

As of 2017, Richemont was the third-largest luxury goods company in the world after LVMH and Estée Lauder Companies.[4] As of October 2023, Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A. was the sixth-largest corporation by market capitalization in the Swiss Market Index.[5]


Johann Rupert founded Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A. when he spun off the international assets of Rembrandt Group Ltd. (now Remgro Limited), a South Africa-based company founded in the 1940s by his father, Anton Rupert.[6][7] The division, originally founded on 5 March 1979 as Intercontinental Mining and Resources S.A., was later renamed IMR Group S.A. on 31 March 1987 and finally Richemont S.A. on 17 August 1988. The spin-off was completed on 20 September 1988. The luxury goods investments of Rembrandt Group combined with Rothmans International formed the initial group of Richemont subsidiaries.[8][9]

In October 2008, the Group divested all of its remaining interests in the tobacco industry.[10]

As of 2014, Richemont is the second-largest luxury goods company in the world after LVMH.[11]

In 2015, Richemont's Net-a-Porter Group was merged with the YOOX Group in an all-share transaction.[12][13] In August 2022, Richemont announced the prospective sale of a 47.5% stake in Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) to Farfetch in exchange for Farfetch shares, and the sale of a 3.2% stake to Mohamed Alabbar.[14] In January 2024, Farfetch was acquired by Korean e-commerce company Coupang,[15] and delisted,[16] which ended Richemont's planned sale of the YNAP majority stake.[17][18]

In 2018, Jérôme Lambert was named CEO of Richemont Group.[19]

The compensation of the Richemont group's executives increased by an average of 14% in 2018.[20]

As of October 2023, Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A. was the sixth-largest corporation by market capitalization in the Swiss Market Index.[5]

In May 2024, Nicolas Bos, the head of Van Cleef & Arpels was appointed CEO effective June 1 2024, replacing Jérôme Lambert. Jérôme Lambert would stay at Richemont Group as Chief Operating Officer reporting to Bos.[21]

In May 2024, Richemont acquired Italian jewellery brand Vhernier for an undisclosed sum.[22]


Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A. organizes its business activities into three operating divisions: Jewellery Maisons, Specialist Watchmakers, and Other Businesses.[1]

Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Buccellati constitute the Jewellery Maisons.[1]

The Specialist Watchmakers group is composed of A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, and Vacheron Constantin.[1]

The Other Businesses division includes Alaïa, AZ Factory, Chloé, Delvaux, Dunhill, Montblanc, Peter Millar, Purdey, and Serapian.[1]

Ownership and control[edit]

As of 2023, Compagnie Financière Rupert, a Swiss company that holds shares controlled and principally owned by Johann Rupert, was the only significant shareholder of Richemont with 3% or more of the voting rights. It held 6,263,000 Richemont Class "A" shares and 522,000,000 Richemont Class "B" registered shares, representing 10% of the equity of the company and controlling 51% of the company's voting rights.[23]



Richemont's portfolio is made up of Maisons (brands).

The following companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., unless otherwise noted.[1]


  • Buccellati – jewellery and watches; based in Milan, Italy
  • Cartier – jewellery, watches, leather goods, fragrances, eyewear and accessories; based in Paris, France
  • Van Cleef & Arpels – jewellery and watches; based in Paris, France
  • Vhernier – jewellery and high jewellery; based in Milan, Italy

Specialist watchmakers[edit]

Fashion and accessories[edit]

  • Alaïa – women's fashion; based in Paris, France
  • AZ Factory – women's fashion joint venture with Alber Elbaz; based in Paris, France
  • Chloé – women's fashion; based in Paris, France
  • Delvaux – leather goods; based in Brussels, Belgium
  • Dunhill – men's clothing and leather goods; based in London, England
  • Montblanc – writing instruments and watches; based in Hamburg, Germany
  • Peter Millar – men's and women's apparel; based in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Purdey – firearms, clothing, gifts, leather goods, and the Royal Berkshire Shooting School; based in London, United Kingdom
  • Serapian – leather goods; based in Milan, Italy
  • Watchfinder & Co. – second-hand watches; based in Kings Hill, United Kingdom
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter Group (minority stake) – ecommerce; based in Milan, Italy

Former investments[edit]

Richemont acquired British clothing retailer Hackett Limited in 1992.[24] On 2 June 2005, Richemont announced its sale to Spanish investment company Torreal S.C.R., S.A.[25][26]

In 1998, Richemont bought a controlling stake in Shanghai Tang.[27] In July 2017, Richemont announced that it had sold Shanghai Tang to a group of investors headed by Italian entrepreneur Alessandro Bastagli.[28][29]

In 2000, the Group sold its minority stake in Vivendi, representing its exit from all previous media interests, which had included NetHold and Canal+.

Richemont and Mimi So formed a joint venture in 2004,[30][31] Richemont's first investment in an American brand.[32] In 2007, Richemont requested to become the majority partner of the joint venture. Mimi So declined and purchased Richemont's stake in the venture.

Richemont and Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation formed a 50/50 joint venture called The Polo Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Company, S.A.R.L., in March 2007.[33] The joint venture lasted until 2018.[34]

In 2008, Richemont spun off all of its non-luxury goods businesses, principally Richemont's stake in British American Tobacco, into a newly formed, separately traded holding company, Reinet Investments S.C.A.[35][36][37]

In 2018, Richemont sold Lancel to the Italian leather goods company Piquadro Group.

Website blocking[edit]

In October 2014, the first blocking order against trademark-infringing consumer goods was passed against the major British Internet service providers by Richemont, Cartier International and Montblanc to block several domains selling trademark-infringing products.[38]


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