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Aside from Jay-Z's ownership of Armand de Brignac branded champagne and NBA legend Isiah Thomas' Cheurlin brand, there is little variation within brand ownership in the leading wine category of champagne. Despite the challenges, this didn't stop these two black male entrepreneurs from creating a champagne and cognac brand that mimicked a life of luxury and even found a prominent following.
Patrick Ductant and William Benson are the founders of Billionaire & # 39; s Row, a champagne and cognac brand officially recognized by the French government. The two men noticed the lack of diversity in the field and wanted to create a luxury brand that could hold its own against its competitors.
“We've seen how much money has been spent in our church, but we've also found that none of that money goes back to our church. We want to create business scholarship funds for other companies that want to disrupt the industry like us, ”said Ductant and Benson BLACK COMPANY by email.
"Billionaire’s Row is one of the few black-owned brands of champagne recognized by both the federal government in France and the US. Since we're pioneers here, we'd love to lead a movement for people of color that dominates not just the beverage industry, but any industry that we have a void in. "
Her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to use their time in quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic to create things they are passionate about in order to reduce their stress levels. "One of the nice things about quarantine is that we all had the opportunity to be quiet, unplug, and clear our minds," they say. "This time, many people found time to think about career goals, creative plans or even start businesses."