Founder and executive chairman, Net-a-Porter
One of the few industry heavyweights to have pulled off an investment deal this year, Natalie Massenet sold 93% of Net-a-Porter to luxury goods group Richemont for £350m, and stormed up the Top 100 rankings as a result. Massenet remains a main stakeholder in the business and executive chairman.
Not satisfied with one deal, Massenet and her team gained the trademark, assets, domain name and customer database of discount etailer Koodos in October. By acquiring the assets of Koodos, Net-a-Porter has massively increased the customer database of its discount offshoot The Outnet, increasing its member numbers to 200,000.
Net-a-Porter is preparing to launch its menswear division Mr Porter next year, and Massenet has installed high-profile recruits including former Esquire editor Jeremy Langmead as editor-in-chief.