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.”
Yann Borgstedt is a Swiss entrepreneur, born and raised in Geneva and educated in the United States. He has created, invested in and managed a variety of diverse business activities in the fields of real estate development and exhibition handling in France, England, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. In 2005, Yann started The Womanity Foundation which focuses on women's education, training and development in Afghanistan, Brazil, India, the Middle East and North Africa. In 2015, the Womanity Foundation has been listed among the Top 200 NGOs Globally. Yann is on the board of the EDGE Certifier, Internews and has a small portfolio of social investments. He has been welcomed by Women Moving Millions as the first European and as one of the rare male members in recognition of his contribution to women’s empowerment. It was an honour for him to be invited to speak at the 2013 TEDx CoventGardenWomen. Yann received the BNP Paribas Award for Individual Philanthropy (Special Jury Prize) in May 2016. Yann is a member of YPO network (Young Presidents Organization).
In his words
“As a food and wine lover I am very honored to be able to work with a wine expert like Christophe.”