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In 2011 the Bulgari family, majority shareholder of the renowned Italian jewellery house established in 1884 by Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari, joined forces with the LVMH Group and transferred its majority shareholding in Bulgari SpA. The L3.7bn, all-share deal made the Bulgaris the second largest family shareholder of the LVMH Group. After the acquisition FRANCESCO TRAPANI, great-grandson of the founder, CEO of Bulgari SpA and the driving force behind its success over the past 20 years, was made a member of the LVMH board of directors and appointed President of the LVMH Watch & Jewellery Division. From his position now supervising Bulgari, Chaumet, De Beers, Fred, Dior Watches, Tag Heuer, Zenith and Hublot, he gives LUCY REITER the view from the top of the luxury pyramid.

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London Retail Property: November 2011

Date: November 2011 (152) Category: Features, Luxury Services

In the time-honoured fashion of this column, here are 12 teasing questions for the 12 days of Christmas to test...

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Free and easy

Date: May 2008 (127) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: The Lanesborough

During these tough times hotels seen to be applying over-inflated hidden charges are likely to make themselves unpopular. Embracing the...

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Ducking and diving

Date: May 2009 (127) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: The Fat Duck

Rumour has it that celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is drawing closer to opening his first restaurant in London. Known for...

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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Date: May 2009 (127) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: Rosewood

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has opened a hotel and spa in Menlo Park in the grounds of Stanford University in...

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Ace Hotel

Date: May 2009 (127) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel is one of the most talked about new additions to the New York hotel scene. Launching this month,...

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Delaire Wine Estate

Date: May 2009 (127) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: Delaire Wine Estate

Delaire Wine Estate is a project close to Cape Town which is bringing together some interesting names from the luxury...

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Quilibra Hotels

Date: May 2009 (127) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: Quilibra Hotels

Quilibra Hotels is a new brand launched by Fuenso, the group behind Hospes Hotels. The mission statement of Quilibra is...

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Swire Hotels

Date: May 2009 (127) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: Swire Hotels

Swire Hotels, creator of The Opposite House in Beijing, is to open a new Hong Kong property in October 2009....

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Hotel Missoni

Date: May 2009 (127) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: Hotel Missoni

This month Missoni is to open its second hotel. The location is Edinburgh in Scotland, where the brand has renovated...

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Suite Wrapper

Date: April 2009 (126) Category: Luxury Services, Reports Brand: Claridges

Diane von Furstenburg is the latest fashion designer to turn her hand to hotel rooms. She is currently working on...

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