Jacques Wertheimer

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Jacques Guy Wertheimer (18 August 1911 – 6 February 1996) was a prominent French businessman who inherited and ran the renowned House of Chanel perfume company. Jacques Wertheimer was born at the villa Les Forgettes in Deauville, to a Jewish family,[1] the son of Germaine Revel and businessman Pierre Wertheimer who co-founded the Chanel perfume business in 1924.

On 26 March 1947, Jacques Wertheimer married Eliane Fischer, the daughter of an architect. They had two sons, Alain and Gérard. The marriage was short-lived, and after separating, their divorce decree was issued on 11 September 1952.

Thoroughbred horse racing[edit]

Jacques Wertheimer inherited a thoroughbred horse racing operation which he developed into one of the leading stables in France. Alec Head trained for the family until his retirement in 1984 but for a number of years continued to act as their bloodstock advisor. Head's daughter Criquette took over as trainer and continued to have great success.

In the 1970s, Jacques Wertheimer boarded his Kentucky-based bloodstock at Hagyard Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Among his broodmares were the French classic winners Dancing Maid, Gold River and Pistol Packer. All three are buried at Hagyard Farm.

Selected Group One race wins:

On his death, his business empire was taken over by his two sons.


  1. ^ World's Richest Jews Jerusalem Post