Patrick Guerrand-Hermes

Patrick Guerrand-Hermes

French sports entrepreneur, billionaire and aristocrat
Date of Birth: 25.09.1932
Country: France

  1. Biography of Patrick Guerrand-Hermès
  2. Early Life and Family
  3. Passion for Morocco
  4. Business Career and Polo
  5. A Love for Eastern Art and Horses

Biography of Patrick Guerrand-Hermès

Patrick Guerrand-Hermès, a French sports entrepreneur, billionaire, and aristocrat, is renowned for his involvement in Morocco, where he lived for approximately 50 years, and his special passion for Moroccan art and culture. He has been involved in the reconstruction of historical buildings, including the 'Aïn Kassimou' villa in Marrakesh in the 1980s. 'Aïn Kassimou' is a villa situated on a 12-hectare estate, originally built for Olga Tolstoy, the daughter of Leo Tolstoy. Additionally, Guerrand-Hermès is considered one of the most successful art collectors. In 2001, Forbes ranked him 347th on the list of the world's richest individuals, estimating his net worth at $1.3 billion.

Patrick Guerrand-Hermes

Early Life and Family

Patrick Guerrand-Hermès, the son of Jean René Raoul Valentin Guerrand and Aline Georgette Hermès, was born on September 25, 1932, in Paris. He graduated from Oxford University. His great-grandfather, Thierry Hermès, a descendant of German Protestants, founded the legendary company 'Hermès', known for its luxury leather and silk goods, as well as perfumes and accessories.

Passion for Morocco

Guerrand-Hermès first visited Morocco in 1954 when he was a cavalryman and later settled in Marrakesh. Thirty years later, in 1984, he purchased 'Aïn Kassimou' as a surprise for his wife Martine and their two sons, Olaf and Mathias. Patrick and Martine got married on September 8, 1962. Their first son, talented equestrian Lionel, was born in 1963 and sadly passed away in 1981. Mathias, a prominent figure in society, died from a heart attack at the age of 38 on April 28, 2010.

Business Career and Polo

As a director of Hermès, Patrick Guerrand-Hermès focused on developing the silk business of the company. He retired in 2012 and spends nine months a year actively pursuing his other business interests in Morocco. The remaining three months, he dedicates to Vineuil-Saint-Firmin, where he develops polo, his favorite sport, at the 'Chantilly Polo Club'. His interest in polo led him to actively participate in the creation of a polo field at the Château de Chantilly in the early 1970s. The first horse races took place in Chantilly during the reign of Louis XVI. Half a century later, Guerrand-Hermès and his associates transformed the fields into a club. The club currently has ten fields, two of which are used year-round. It consists of approximately 250 players participating in various tournaments and around 3,500 horses in training. The team that Guerrand-Hermès supports is known as 'La Palmerai'. He served as the president of the Federation of International Polo and was responsible for organizing the 2004 World Polo Championship.

A Love for Eastern Art and Horses

Guerrand-Hermès is renowned for his love for Eastern art and horses. The 'Aïn Kassimou' estate is now part of the 'Palmarie Polo Club' and showcases Patrick's art collection. The villa itself is a work of art, designed by architect Bill Willis, featuring a pavilion with a pool. The lake in front of the villa, adorned with papyrus and yellow water lilies, was created according to the landscape designer Madison Cox's plan.