Giorgio Armani may be the richest man in fashion with a net worth estimated at $1.6 billion,andGucci ’s Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole received lucrative stock options in the company worth $29million and $8.3 million,respectively,when they were issued in 2000.Another high roller is JohannRupert,the ceo of Compagnie Financier Richemont AG.Rupert,who has a taste for luxury brandssuch as Cartier and Dunhill,is worth about $1.1 billion.In this list,WWD looked at the compensationof top European fashion executives at public companies.(Giorgio Armani,a private company,does notrelease Armani ’s salary.Gucci and Richemont are not bound to divulge salaries in the markets inwhich they are traded.)Vittorio Tabacchi,chairman of Safilo Group earned $1.7 million in 2000.His2001 salary was not available,so he is not included in the list.Furthermore,European firms do notconsider bonuses as part of a salary.The exception on this list is Luxottica.

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