TIL: Blackpink’s Lisa Manoban Is Reportedly Dating the World’s Richest Man’s Son, Frederic Arnault

For years, Blinks have been speculating if Jennie Ruby Jane and Kim Tae-Hyung are dating. And then earlier this month, we discovered that Jisoo and Ahn Bo-hyun are confirmed to be in a relationship! But today, I learned that Blackpink’s Lisa Manoban is reportedly dating the heir to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Frederic Arnault–and that’s the news!

@starshootinparis #lalisamanoban with mysterious person at restaurant in Paris #love #parisjetaime #cutest #lalisa #blackpink #lisa #jennie #jisoo #kimjisoo #kpop #ros #blink #lisablackpink #rose #bts #kimjisoo #blackpinklisa #jenniekim #blackpinkinyourarea ♬ MONEY – 리사 (LISA)

In a 2018 interview, I recall that the 26-year-old Blackpink member revealed that she prefers to date older men, shutting down rumors of dating BTS’ Jungkook. Fast forward to 2023, when the 28-year-old LVMH heir and the K-pop star’s romantic connections were sparked by a video of them grabbing a meal together in Paris! This now-viral post hit Korean media outlets in July, although no one’s spilled the beans officially about the relationship…yet. Honestly, it’s kind of wild we didn’t catch this earlier. Maybe because we weren’t clued in on the identity of Lisa’s rumored boyfriend back then?

So, who is Frederic Arnault?

Apparently, Lisa’s rumored love interest is none other than Frederic Arnault, one of the sons of Bernard Arnault. Bernard currently holds the title of the world’s richest person, as per Forbes. He’s leading the race ahead of Elon Musk from Tesla and SpaceX, Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Larry Ellison from Oracle, Warren Buffet from Berkshire Hathaway, Bill Gates from Microsoft – and, frankly, every single one of us. His main hustle? The fashion and retail empire of LVMH in the fashion and retail industry.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is a French multinational holding conglomerate that owns well-known luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Christian Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Loewe, Loro Piana, Kenzo, Celine, Sephora, Princess Yachts, Bulgari, and TAG Heuer…just to name a “few.”

Born in 1995, Frederic is among Bernard Arnault’s children, all of whom are engaged in various roles within LVMH. Daphne, the eldest and only daughter of Bernard, holds the position of CEO at Dior. She is followed by Antoine, who serves as the CEO of LVMH’s parent company. After LVMH acquired the iconic jeweler Tiffany & Co. in 2020, Alexandre took on the role of executive vice president for product and communications. Their youngest sibling, Jean, oversees Louis Vuitton’s watches division. Lastly, Frédéric achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the CEO of TAG Heuer at the youthful age of 25 in 2020.

While heading up the luxury watch brand, Frederic is said to have revamped its vibe by cooking up what used to be unconventional partnerships – like with Porsche and Ryan Gosling. Fun fact: Gosling is still rocking that ambassador title, keeping things cool for the brand, especially with the whole “Barbie” movie buzz! And in case you missed it, Ken sported not just one, but three vintage TAG Heuer gold watches in the film.

Aside from being a business leader, I also found out from his Instagram bio that he’s a skilled pianist! Don’t miss checking out Frederic Arnault’s solo piano performance of Chopin’s Ballade n°1 opus 23 in G minor on YouTube.

Finally, scrolling further down Frederic Arnault’s Instagram account, I also couldn’t help but notice that he attended a Blackpink concert in Los Angeles back in November 2022. “What an amazing evening at the Blackpink concert in LA. Congratulations and see you soon in Paris,” he captioned the post. This makes me think that the Paris date was either long overdue and supposed to be with all four of them or not their first encounter. How about you, what do you think?

With all that being said, we’re certainly curious now about Blackpink Rosé’s dating status, too. Did we also miss that one? Feel free to share any leads in the comments!

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