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José Neves, founder and CEO, Farfetch

It has been a big year for José Neves and his luxury etailer, Farfetch. In August, 11 years after it was founded in 2007, the company floated on the New York Stock Exchange, raising $885m (£693) in an initial public offering of $20 (£15.67) a share.

More than 600 retailers now use the platform and it has 2 million customers globally.

Its stated aim is to become “the global technology platform for luxury fashion” and this year several ongoing projects have shored up these ambitions: in July, it acquired digital and technology business CuriosityChina, which will give its brands deeper reach into the Chinese market.

At the same time, it launched its own accelerator programme and chose the first 11 start-ups to join. Its Store of the Future technology-powered retail operating system, meanwhile, is helping to explore what physical retailing will look like in years to come.

It has been an exciting time for Farfetch, and it is primed to get bigger and better.


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