Kilian Hennessy, the patriarch of the famous cognac company has died at the age of 103 years, he died on Friday in Switzerland.

The former banker entered Hennessy with his cousin and his brother in 1945, born in February 19th 1907.

Kilian Hennessy

The member of the fifth generation of Irishman Richard Hennessy was CEO of the family company in the 70’s. The company itself was founded in 1765 and in 1971 Kilian was responsable for merging Hennessy with champagne house Moet & Chandon. In 1987 the company became a part of Louis Vuitton (today LVMH) – Kilian Hennessy was an advisory board member until his deat.

Like no other, Kilian helped expanding Hennessy’s businness, defending the company’s leading position as biggest cognac seller in the world.

Sources: AFP,,

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.


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    So are there any Hennessy heirs left that are still involved in the family business?

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    Yes, for example Maurice Hennessy. He is the direct descendant of founder Richard Hennessy (the Irishman founded Hennessy in 1765) and belongs to the eighth generation of the famous family.

    Kiss me I’m Irish.

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    Thanks George! Would be cool to see this kind of information on the blog, like a small History/About section on the different houses.

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