Johann Peter Rupert
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, RICHEMONT
After a yearlong sabbatical, the South African chairman Johann Rupert returned to his lead position at Richemont, the luxury-goods brand that owns watchmakers Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and IWC, among others. It has been a busy year. Vacheron Constantin, for one, opened major exhibitions in Hong Kong and Beijing and wowed watch fans with its limited-edition Harmony collection. And Richemont brands IWC and Montblanc raised eyebrows when they announced their plans to counter Apple’s new smartwatch: They’ll embed smart technology not into the cases but into the straps.