Margarita Louis-DreyfusChairperson, LDC Group
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, born on June 1, 1962, is a Swiss businesswoman and philanthropist. She gained international recognition as the chairperson of the Louis Dreyfus Group, one of the world's leading commodities trading companies. Margarita was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia) and spent her early years in Russia before moving to Switzerland with her family at the age of 11.
Margarita's connection to the Louis Dreyfus Group began when she married Robert Louis-Dreyfus, the CEO of the company, in 1992. Following her husband's untimely death in 2009, Margarita inherited the majority stake in the group and assumed control as the chairperson. Under her leadership, the company continued its global expansion and solidified its position as a key player in the commodities industry.
Beyond her accomplishments in business, Margarita is known for her philanthropic efforts. She established the Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, which focuses on supporting education, healthcare, and environmental initiatives worldwide. The foundation has made significant contributions to various causes, including promoting access to education for disadvantaged children and supporting medical research.