It took us one year of reasearch in 1981, the help of 164 chambers of commerce and 25 ambassy commercial attachés in order to get in touch with 174 companies but in fact only 30 were able to meet our criteria. These companies represent more than 86 centuries of existence!
We can certainly affirm that it is the most private club in the world.
It comes from the Bible and from Marie-Brizard, the company which had the idea of creating this association of bicentanary companies still managed by the founder’s descendants. Henoch was a patriarch before the flood, who lived for 365 years. He was a perfect figure, who did not die but was taken up into heaven. What a symbol for an association!
Objectives of the Association
Prove that tradition and dynamism can be allies. Create good relationship and sincere friendships among French and foreign companies which meet four criteria: age (a minimum age of 200 years), descendants (one member of the founder must still manage the company or be member of the board), family (the family must be owner of the company or the principal majority share-holders), dynamism (presenting a good balance sheet and being up to date) prove that tradition and dynamism can be allies.
The Beretta Family
Franco Gussalli Beretta, Umberta Gnutti, Gretchen Alexander Harnischfeger, Pietro Gussalli Beretta, Carlo Alberto Gussalli Beretta, Monique Poncelet, Ugo Gussalli Beretta
Future of the Association
The Association’s ambitions is to show the adaptability of some of the oldest and most experienced companies in the world and to recrute, each year, new members world-wide with thw same spirit. The future is also to expand the Association all over the world.
“We reunite 150 centuries of existence looking towards the future”
C/O Public leader
21, rue des Poissonniers
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine (France)
Telephone : 33 (0)1 74 63 01 89
Fax: 33 (0)1 78 76 64 21
Association Loi du 1er juillet 1901
Siège social: 9, rue de la Paix – 75002 Paris