In the ever-changing dynamics of the beauty industry, Urban Decay and Sanoflore are now owned by L’Oréal (which, in turn, has a 23.3% stake by Nestle). As, incidentally, is Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. The conglomerate has also recently launched EM Michelle Phan, a cheery makeup brand spearheaded by one of the world’s top beauty bloggers. The elusive Werthemeir brothers, in the meantime, continue to balance the seemingly-incongruous scales of Chanel and Bourjois. While the very British Molton Brown is owned by the very Japanese Kao.
Yes, the beauty industry’s scorecard of mergers and acquisitions seems more laden with intrigue than even the NBA basket ball teams or the Football League. It might surprise you to know that the entire world of makeup, skincare, haircare and perfumes is dominated by a few key players – all multi-billion dollar corporations with ownership over multiple major brands. Here’s how it breaks down at the beginning of 2014.
Estée Lauder Companies
Here is an updated version of this post, showing the latest stack-ups.