Natalie Massnet holds the Anne-Burda Award during the seventh DLD Conference (Digital, Life, Design) at the HVB Forum on 23 January 2011 in Munich, Germany. DLD is an international conference network on innovation, digital media, science and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and investors for crossover dialogue and inspiration.

Natalie Massenet grew up in Paris and LA where she developed a sense for design, style and art. She traveled all around the world and worked in all types of places in order to found the popular fashion service Net-A-Porter. While the platform was sold later, Natalie Massenet remains as Executive Chairman and Investor. She is a very interesting Entrepreneur and Leader even though she seems to often stay in the background. A truly inspiring woman.

Quick Biography

  • 1965: Born as Natalie Rooney in Los Angeles, USA but growing up in Paris, France
  • 1976: Moving back to Los Angeles
  • X: Working at a menswear shop after graduating from high school
  • 1987: Graduating at UCLA, BA for English Literature
  • X: working as a fashion model and stylist in Tokyo, Japan
  • X: working as a receptionist at Universal Studios
  • X: assisting at Italian magazine Moda
  • 1993: Fashion journalist at Women’s Wear Daily
  • X: Assistant to Isabella Blow at Tatler in the UK
  • 1998: Starting to be a Freelancer
  • 2000: Founded Net-a-Porter in London, UK
  • 2004: Net-a-Porter got profitable and won best fashion shop award at the British Fashion Awards
  • 2009: Founded a discount alternative platform called ‘The Outnet’
  • 2009: Received an MBE for services to the fashion industry
  • 2010: Sold Net-a-Porter to Richemont for approx. £50m, remaining as Executive Chairman and Investor
  • 2011: Menswear site Mr Porter was established
  • 2013: Beauty shop was launched
  • 2013: Chairman of the British Fashion Council
  • 2013: Woman of the Year in US ‘Glamour’ magazine
  • 2014: Launched print magazine called ‘Porter’ along with app and web versions
  • 2014: Named as one of the 100 most influential people by ‘Time’

Photo credit: Hubert Burda Media