The Wertheimer family, among the wealthiest families in the world
The French-Swiss, Gerard Wertheimer and his brother Alain, co-owner of his brother of the luxury house Chanel, are now among the richest in the world with a fortune close to 100 billion USD.
The Wertheimer family fled to the United States in the 1940s during World War II to protect their lives. The Chanel brand is at its peak, with record sales worldwide.
In 2021, sales of the haute couture house climbed 27% compared to 2019, before the shock of the pandemic, to 15.6 billion dollars, leading to a revaluation of the Chanel house.