A: The world’s most expensive coffee table book: Wine Opus. Published by Kraken Opus, it lists the world's top 100 wineries. Yes, this book does indeed come with a large selection of the finest plonk and some winery tour invitations. But despite its very hefty price tag, we read in a Decanter.com article that Wine Opus is practically flying off the shelves, with a quarter of the 100 tomes already pre-ordered. It seems there’s nothing quite like a limited edition to boost sales!
One man who may have already secured his copy is Bernard Arnault, the richest man in the luxury goods sector and the wealthiest man in France, who has a nest egg of $16.5 billion.A recent Forbes article, Fashion’s Billionaires, reminded us that Arnault’s bank balance is still healthy. It also speculated that, "Even if the economy doesn't show us more leg for a while, the fortunes of fashion billionaires – who decide what we wear, where we buy it and what bag and shoes goes with it – should remain relatively flush." We second this statement, and suggest, since Arnault's LVMH group also has an alcohol arm with brands like Moët & Chandon, their influence may also extend to what we drink!