French wine mogul, Bernard Magrez was assaulted and robbed during the early hours of Friday (1.12) morning according to French newspaper Sud-Ouest. The 81-year-old owner of several prestige vineyards including Château Pape-Clément was uninjured after the break-in at his home in the Bordeaux’s city center.
French police reported that four or five men, armed with knives and possibly a gun, broke into Magrez’ house between 3am and 4am. The suspects allegedly stole a collection of ultra-luxury watches, a large sum of cash, and several pieces of art in a matter of minutes. Magrez was restrained by the burglars who then fled in his private car stated police.
Around 7am, the victim escaped from his restraints and called the authorities. Interregional Directorate of Judicial Police (DIPJ) of Bordeaux were the first investigators on the scene, followed by assistance from the Regional Criminal Identification Service (SRIJ). Detectives noted that the suspects clearly had done their homework; they were familiar with Magrez’ home and routines. An ongoing investigation is underway to nab the, still-at-large, suspects.
In addition to Clement, Magrez owns three other classified vineyards in Bordeaux: Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Fombrauge and La Tour Carnet. In December 2016, he also purchased a small plot in St-Estèphe which will produce wine under the Clos Sanctus Perfectus label. The businessman owns 13 non-classified Bordeaux vineyards as well, but these are rumored to be up for sale.
In Challenges magazine’s 2017 list of the wealthiest people in France, Bernard Magrez landed in the 130 spot. His net wealth was estimated to be €650 million.