A French national, Yann Guichard manages his investments in Private Equity and Real Estate while pursuing his sports career. He is the Chairman, co-founder and skipper of the multihull professional sailing team, Spindrift racing, which is based in La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany. In both business and sporting endeavours, Yann Guichard’s ambition is to innovate and deliver top performance, with the support of a solid, professionally run team. As a professional sailor and former Olympian, he has completed more than 20 transatlantic multi-hull crossings, one around the world, and set many records throughout his career.
In his words
“The appreciation of fine wines continues to grow worldwide, and I see the opportunity to win new market share, which makes our acquisition of The Wine Merchant an excellent opportunity to combine our passion for wine with the management of a healthy company with great potential.”
Dona Bertarelli is a successful Swiss entrepreneur, philanthropist and sportswoman. Her Family Office, Ledunfly SA, manages her personal business interests. She is creating a collection of luxury hotels and resorts, which includes the Park Gstaad in Switzerland, the Five Seas Hotel in Cannes, France, and Atabey, a private island destination under development in the Exumas in the Bahamas, and the Country Club Geneva, also in Switzerland. Dona Bertarelli co-chairs the Bertarelli Foundation and is a patron of the Womanity Foundation. Dona Bertarelli is the co-founder and skipper of Spindrift racing. In 2010, she became the first female skipper to win the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, a feat she repeated in 2014. In 2016, she became the fastest woman to sail around the world.
In her words
“Acquiring The Wine Merchant is part of a strategy of growing assets in the luxury industry. The Wine Merchant is known as one of the top traders for Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés, and complements my luxury hospitality business.”