Delphine Arnault, 39
Sure, her father, Bernard Arnault, is France’s richest man and the head of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods company—but Arnault fille has business smarts and savvy in her own right. The LSE grad and one-time McKinsey consultant was named to a top spot at Louis Vuitton, LVMH’s flagship brand, last year. Hopes are she’ll bring the same magic touch and eye for talent that she did to Dior—and she’s off to a good start, having helped woo the buzzy designer Nicolas Ghesquière to be the handbag company’s creative head. Arnault’s knack for scouting and scoring talent—she’s signed other rising stars and this year launched an LVMH young designers prize—is considered one of the company’s best weapons in its luxury arms race with Kering. No surprise, then, that many think she’ll have her père’s job one day.