Born in 1949 in the city of Roubaix, located in the north of France, Bernard Arnault is an investor, art collector, magnate and philanthropist. His early years included attending high school in Roubaix but soon thereafter, he attended the highly regarded French public institution, École Polytechnique, a university just outside Paris that specializes in science and engineering. He earned an undergraduate engineering degree in 1971, then joined the workforce at the construction/real estate company owned by his father. Three years later in 1974 he became the CEO of that company. During the 1980's in his career, he entered the world of luxury goods involving Christian Dior and Le Bon Marché. He was subsequently involved with the merger of Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy, creating the emblematic luxury group, LVMH, where he currently serves as CEO and Chairman. Mr. Arnault is responsible for having transformed LVMH to becoming one of the world's most exemplary luxury groups.