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Hermès Scion Stirs Speculation by Choosing Gardener as Primary Heir

The adoption process, however, faces uncertainty due to legal requirements...
Cover Image Source: Hermes store in the Canalejas Galleries in Madrid, Spain. | Photo by Cristina Arias/Cover | Getty Images
Cover Image Source: Hermes store in the Canalejas Galleries in Madrid, Spain. | Photo by Cristina Arias/Cover | Getty Images

Nicolas Puech, an 80-year-old scion from the esteemed Hermès dynasty, is causing a stir with his unexpected plan to officially adopt his middle-aged gardener as his heir. As the fifth-generation descendant of Thierry Hermès, the visionary founder of the iconic luxury fashion house established in 1837, Puech's decision to adopt his 51-year-old former gardener came as a surprise to many.

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Image Source: Instagram | @puech_nicolas6

Unmarried and without children, Puech has announced his intention to legally adopt his "former gardener and handyman," a member of a modest Moroccan family, as his rightful heir. This unconventional decision, involving the transfer of substantial wealth and real estate holdings to his gardener, has become a topic of widespread speculation, capturing the attention of the public and the media alike. Supported by a legal team, Puech has initiated legal proceedings to formalize the adoption of his 51-year-old gardener, who hails from Marrakesh.

While specific personal details about the to-be heir are limited, it is known that he is married to a woman from Spain and has two children. The adoption process, however, faces uncertainty due to legal requirements mandating proof of a childhood bond between Puech and the intended adoptee. The outcome remains unclear, raising questions about whether the court will approve the adoption.


Puech, the founder of the Isocrates Foundation, is, however, entangled in a legal battle to cancel a contract that would designate the foundation as the recipient of his fortune upon his passing. Established by him in 2011, the foundation is contesting his decision to sever ties, asserting that the cancellation of the inheritance contract lacks legal basis.

The charity defers to relevant authorities to decide on this matter, maintaining a neutral stance on Puech's unconventional succession plan. The Isocrates Foundation, with its mission to support public interest journalism and civil society organizations contributing to a "healthy digital public space," faces potential disruption to its intended role as a beneficiary. The inheritance contract between Puech and the foundation stipulates that his shares in Hermès, amounting to 5.7%, are to be left to the foundation.

However, a unique clause allows for an exception if Puech were to become a father, in which case his child would be entitled to a share of the inheritance, particularly at least 50% in the case of a son. Hermès' current valuation stands at nearly €211 billion ($230.8 billion), rendering Puech's stake approximately worth €12 billion ($12.9 billion). The Hermès family ranks as the third wealthiest globally, which further elevates the significance of the ongoing legal dispute and the intricate dynamics within this affluent family.

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Implementing an extraordinary plan requires careful navigation of legal obstacles associated with adult adoption – a task complicated by the rarity of such occurrences in Switzerland. In a society where familial ties often dictate the course of legacies, Puech's decision challenges established norms, leaving us to wonder whether this unconventional tale will inspire a shift in the way we perceive inheritance and legacy in this world.