Keynote addresses from Johann Rupert, John Elkann and Federico Marchetti

27 May 2015: The Financial Times hosts its 11th annual Business of Luxury Summit 7-9 June 2015 at Sporting Monte Carlo on the Côte d’Azur. Co-chaired by FT editor Lionel Barber and fashion editor Jo Ellison, the premier event will gather senior executives, industry leaders, corporate decision makers and financiers from the global luxury sector for discussions on the themes of technology, legacy and the new consumer.

Entering its second decade, the summit has attracted the world’s most influential people in the luxury industry to debate the global financial crisis, innovation in technology and the rapidly changing habits of the luxury consumer.

Now that geographical expansion isn’t necessarily the only route for growth, speakers and delegates will consider how the industry can best deal with the competing imperatives of promoting traditional workmanship and harnessing the speed and accessibility of new technologies.

Lionel Barber said: “All industries have had to adapt to the digital age, and the internet has now emerged as a major driver of growth in the luxury sector. At the FT Business of Luxury Summit, industry leaders will discuss the potential for the global luxury market online, and how legacy brands can embrace new technologies and engage new consumers.”

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Akeroyd, President & CEO, Alexander McQueen

  • Jamil Anderlini, Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • Willem H. Buiter, Chief Economist, Citi

  • Gillian de Bono, Editor, How To Spend It

  • Frédéric de Narp, CEO, Bally

  • John Elkann, Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

  • Gian Giacomo Ferraris, CEO, Gianni Versace SpA

  • Richard Geoffroy, Creator and Chef de Cave, Dom Perignon

  • Federico Marchetti, Founder & CEO, YOOX Group

  • Chris Morton, Founder & CEO, Lyst

  • José Neves, Founder and CEO, Farfetch

  • Johann Rupert, Executive Chairman, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA

  • Sir David Tang, KBE, Founder, Shanghai Tang

  • Mario Testino, Photographer

  • Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor & Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times


Previous Summits have been held in Vienna, Marrakech, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Venice, Tokyo, Monte Carlo and Mexico City.

See the full 2015 FT Business of Luxury Summit agenda and list of speakers. Further news about the summit will be available via @FTLive and #FTLuxury.

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