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Formation1981; 42 years ago (1981)
TypeVoluntary association
HeadquartersParis, France

The Henokiens (French: Les Hénokiens) is an association of companies that have been continuously operating and remain family-owned for 200 years or more, and whose descendants still operate at management level.[1] It derives its name from the biblical patriarch Enoch (Hénoch in French), who lived for 365 years before he was taken by God instead of dying.[2]

Founded in 1981 by the then-chairman of Marie Brizard, the association started with 4 French members,[3] and now counts 54.[4] Its stated objective and raison d'être is to promote long-term decision-making, notably through its Da Vinci Prize.[5]

Its oldest member is the Japanese Hōshi ryokan (founded 717), and the most recents are the Austrian firm Lobmeyr (founded 1823) and the Portuguese firm Pinto Basto (founded in 1788).


The association includes 54 members. Marie Brizard, having been bought by an investment fund in 2000, is no longer a member.

Name Country Founded Trade
A. E. Köchert Austria 1814 Jewellery
Akafuku Japan 1707 Japanese pastry
Amarelli Italy 1731 Liquorice manufacturer
Augustea Italy 1629 Sea shipping
Banque Hottinguer France 1786 Private banking
Banque Lombard Odier & Cie Switzerland 1796 Private banking
Banque Pictet & Cie Switzerland 1805 Private wealth management, institutional asset management, investment funds, asset services
Beretta Italy 1526 Arms manufacturer
Billecart Salmon France 1818 Champagne
Bolloré France 1822 Transport & logistics, communication, electricity storage & systems
C. Hoare & Co United Kingdom 1672 Private banking
Cartiera Mantovana Italy 1615 Pulp and paper industry
Catherineau France 1750 Luxury aircraft completion
Colbachini & Figli Italy 1745 Bell casting
De Kuyper Royal Distillers The Netherlands 1698 Liqueurs and alcoholic beverages
Descours & Cabaud France 1786 Industrial & buildings supplies
D'Ieteren Belgium 1805 Car distribution, automotive glass services & notebooks
Ditta Bortolo Nardini Italy 1779 Distiller
Éditions Henry Lemoine France 1772 Music publisher
Etablissements Peugeot Frères France 1810 Industrial activities
Fratelli Piacenza Italy 1733 Wool mill
Friedr. Schwarze Germany 1664 Spirits and liquors
Garbellotto Italy 1775 Casks, barrels and vats
Gekkeikan Japan 1637 Sake producer
Grondona Italy 1820 Biscuits & cakes manufacturer
Guerrieri Rizzardi Italy 1678 Wine grower
H. Beligné & Fils France 1610 Cutlery trade
Hoshi Japan 717 Ryokan hotel
Hugel & Fils France 1639 Wine grower
J.D.Neuhaus Germany 1745 Pneumatic & hydraulic chain hoists
Lanificio G.B. Conte Italy 1757 Cloth
Les Fils Dreyfus & Cie Switzerland 1813 Private banking
Lobmeyr Austria 1823 Glassware
Louis Latour France 1797 Wine grower
Luxardo Italy 1821 Liqueurs
Mellerio France 1613 Jewellery
Mirabaud Switzerland 1819 Private banking
Möller Group Germany 1730 Car interiors components & modules
Nabeya Japan 1560 Jig unit for metal cutting, vibration isolation products
Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan 1716 Production and retail of household goods
Okaya & Co., Ltd. Japan 1669 Real estate
Pinto Basto Portugal 1788 Shipping transports, agents and assurance
Pollet Belgium 1788 Producer of ecologic & probiotic cleaning and hygiene solution
Revol Porcelaine France 1789 Porcelain cookware
SFCO, ancienne Maison Gradis France 1685 Sustainable finance
The Coatinc Company Germany 1502 Surfaces finishing processes
Thiercelin France 1809 Natural aromatic plants
Toraya Confectionery Japan 1700s Japanese pastry
Van Eeghen Group The Netherlands 1662 Functionnal health foods ingredients
Viellard Migeon & Cie France 1796 Fish, hooks, fasteners and welding product
Vitale Barberis Canonico Italy 1663 Fabrics
William Clark & Sons Northern Ireland 1736 Irish linen
Yamamotoyama Japan 1690 Green tea and Nori
Yamasa Japan 1645 Soy sauce and seasonings
Zaiso Lumber Japan 1690 Wood trade

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  1. ^ "Hénokiens, les entreprises de père en fils". France Inter. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2015..
  2. ^ Lipovitch, Gérard (November 2003). "The Henokiens. Family business history" (PDF). The Family Business Network.
  3. ^ "Les Hénokiens". Beretta. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  4. ^ "The Members". The Henokiens. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  5. ^ Bain, David (28 January 2015). "Henokiens: the world's most exclusive club" (PDF). Family Capital. Retrieved 1 July 2015.

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