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Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A.
SMI component
IndustryLuxury goods
PredecessorRembrandt Group Limited
FoundedGeneva, Switzerland (1988 (1988))
FounderJohann Rupert
Area served
Key people
Johann Rupert (Chairman)[1]
Jérôme Lambert (Group CEO)
RevenueDecrease 13.14 billion[2] (2021)
Decrease €1.48 billion[2] (2021)
Increase €1.29 billion[2] (2021)
Total assetsIncrease €35.36 billion[2] (2021)
Total equityIncrease €17.88 billion[2] (2021)
OwnerCompagnie Financière Rupert (Rupert family) (9.1% equity, 50% voting power)[1]
Number of employees
34,000 (2021[2])
  • Jewellery Maisons
  • Specialist Watchmakers
  • Other Businesses
SubsidiariesSee article section

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 and the JSE.

The brands it owns include A. Lange & Söhne, Azzedine Alaïa, Baume & Mercier, Buccellati, Cartier, Chloé, Dunhill, IWC Schaffhausen, Giampiero Bodino, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Peter Millar, Purdey, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels and Delvaux.

As of November 2012, Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A. was the sixth-largest corporation by market capitalization in the Swiss Market Index. As of 2017, Richemont was the third-largest luxury goods company in the world after LVMH and Estée Lauder Companies.[3]


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.[4][5] 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.[6][7]

In March 2007, Richemont and Polo Ralph Lauren Inc. announced the formation of a 50/50 joint venture, the Polo Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Company SÀRL.[8]

In October 2008, the Group divested all of its remaining interests in the tobacco industry.[9]

As of November 2012, Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A. is the sixth largest corporation by market capitalization in the Swiss Market Index.[10] As of 2014, Richemont is the second-largest luxury goods company in the world after LVMH.[11]

The compensation of the Richemont group's executives increased by an average of 14% in 2018.[12]


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.[citation needed]

The Specialist Watchmakers group is composed of A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and the joint venture with the Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewelry Co.[citation needed]

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

Ownership and control[edit]

The largest significant shareholder of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A. is Compagnie Financière Rupert, a Swiss company that holds shares controlled and principally owned by Johann Rupert. Compagnie Financière Rupert owns 522,000,000 Class "B" shares of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., representing 9.1% of the equity and 50% of the voting rights. Johann Rupert and Compagnie Financière Rupert also hold 2,836,664 class "A" shares or "A" share equivalents as of the end of March 2016.[13]



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

  • A. Lange & Söhne — watches; based in Glashütte, Germany
  • Azzedine Alaïa — women's fashions; based in Paris, France
  • BAUME — watches; based in Geneva, Switzerland [14][15][16][17]
  • Buccellati — fine jewellery and watches; based in Milan, Italy
  • Giampiero Bodino — fine jewellery; based in Milan, Italy
  • IWC Schaffhausen — watches; based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre — watches; based in Le Sentier, Switzerland
  • Officine Panerai — watches; based in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Peter Millar — men's and women's apparel; based in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Purdey — firearms, clothing, gifts, leather goods, Royal Berkshire Shooting School; based in London, United Kingdom
  • Roger Dubuis — watches; based in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Van Cleef & Arpels — jewellery, watches; based in Paris, France
  • Vendôme Luxury Group, including:
    • Baume & Mercier — watches; based in Geneva, Switzerland
    • Cartier — jewellery and watches; based in Paris, France
    • Chloé — women's clothing; based in Paris, France
    • Dunhill — men's clothing, watches and leather goods; based in London, United Kingdom
    • Montblanc — writing instruments and watches; based in Hamburg, Germany
    • Piaget — jewellery, watches; based in Geneva, Switzerland
    • Vacheron Constantin — watches; based in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Watchfinder & Co. — second-hand watches; based in Kings Hill, United Kingdom

Joint ventures[edit]

Other investments[edit]

Former investments[edit]

Richemont acquired British clothing retailer Hackett Limited in 1992.[20] On 2 June 2005, Richemont announced its sale to Spanish investment company Torreal S.C.R., S.A.[21][22]

In 1998, Richemont bought a controlling stake in Shanghai Tang.[23] In July 2017, Richemont announced that it had sold Shanghai Tang to a group of investors headed by Italian entrepreneur Alessandro Bastagli.[24][25]

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,[26][27] Richemont's first investment in an American brand.[28] In 2007, Richemont requested to become the majority partner of the joint venture. Mimi So declined and purchased Richemont's stake in the venture.

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.[29][30][31]

In 2015, the Net-a-Porter Group was merged with the YOOX Group in an all-share transaction. Richemont is the largest shareholder in the enlarged group.[1][32]

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.[33]


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  32. ^ Richemont, Richemont. "Merger of Net-A-Porter with YOOX completed with a significant one-off accounting gain estimated between € 610 and € 670 million". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  33. ^ Little, Trevor. "Landmark judgment handed down in dispute between Richemont and ISPs". Retrieved 17 October 2014.


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