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Leaders in Luxury

Leaders in Luxury will introduce some of the visionaries with a knack for anticipating the needs and wants of today’s elite travelers.

Getting to Know Jacques Smit of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

By Elite Traveler

As marketing director for the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Jacques Smit is at the forefront of conservation efforts in South Africa. For 40 years, the luxury safari company has strived to provide a sustainable tourism industry in one of the world’s most precious environments. Smit, who has worked with Sabi Sabi for over 13 years, speaks to Elite Traveler […]

Getting to Know Master Architect Antonio Citterio

By Samantha Coles

Since coming onto Milan’s design scene in the 1980s, Antonio Citterio has become a bonafide force for luxury brands. He has worked with Hermes, B&B Italia, Flexform, Luminaire, Vitra and Technogym, giving each of them the Midas touch when it comes to sales. His work has reshaped the luxury design industry and changed the way we view modern elegance. He […]

Stockton Rush on the Titanic Survey Expedition

By Elite Traveler

by Stockton Rush From building his own aircraft at 19 to dreams of space travel, Stockton Rush has always been fascinated by the unknown. As the founder and CEO of OceanGate, he now explores the oceans’ depths. Man’s history of pushing boundaries and exploring the unexplored, whether driven by need or curiosity, is one of mapping previously unknown oceans, continents […]

Jean-Georges Vongerichten on Cultivating a Global Empire

By Alexandra Cheney

Hailed as the chef who reinvented French cuisine, Jean-Georges Vongerichten sat down with Alexandra Cheney to ruminate on sustainable eating, meticulousness and why there’s more to fine dining than Michelin stars. There’s a finite precision to everything in Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s orbit. Some of it reflects his upbringing: He was raised in a two-story house dating to the 1780s with his […]

Getting to Know Tom Marchant, Owner of Black Tomato

As owner and co-founder of luxury adventure travel specialist Black Tomato, Tom Marchant knows a thing or two about exploring the globe and creating extraordinary adventures. We speak to him about his inspirations, travel trend predictions for the future, his favorite places and the advice he would give to his younger self. How did you get into luxury adventure travel? […]

Former Sniper Brandon Webb Talks Flying Privately for Business

By Emma Reynolds

Brandon Webb is a former US Navy SEAL and SEAL Sniper Instructor who left the service in 2006 after nearly 13 years in the Navy (eight of them as a SEAL). “I spent over three years as a search-and-rescue swimmer deployed with HS6 squadron on two aircraft carrier deployments in the Middle East,” he says, continuing that he became a […]

Bugatti Forms Long-Term Bond with Jacob & Co.

By Elite Traveler

When Bugatti approached Jacob & Co. to form a watch collaboration, founder Jacob Arabo was thrilled. Not only was it a special year for Bugatti (110-year anniversary), but he was a huge fan of the supercar brand. “Bugatti is by far my favorite car company,” declares Mr. Arabo. “When I look at a Bugatti Chiron sports car, the perfectly refined […]

Luxury Gold CEO Ulla Hefel Bohler On Unique Travel

By Emma Reynolds

Luxury Gold is a global travel company that aims to ‘bring back the Golden Era of travel’ by providing travelers only the best of the best experiences. The company hosts trips in Europe and Britain, Africa, India, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, USA and Canada and Latin America. Through group and individualized tours, Luxury Gold brings guests to the best […]

Praveen Moman, CEO of Volcanoes Safaris, Talks Conservation Tourism

By Emma Reynolds

Praveen Moman, founder of Volcanoes Safaris, is a champion of tourism with a purpose. Moman and his family came from Asia to East Africa in the 1960s and Moman grew up in Uganda. In the 1970s, his family was forced to leave Africa and move to the UK. He led a career in politics, working for the European Parliament and […]

Horst Schulze, Co-Founder of The Ritz-Carlton, On Maintaining Excellence

By Emma Reynolds

Growing up in a small town in Germany near the Moselle region, Horst Schulze always knew he wanted to work in hospitality. Known best as co-founder and president of The Ritz-Carlton (he helped open the flagship Atlanta property in 1983), he has dedicated his entire life to the luxury hotel space and made it his mission to change the way […]