Mr. Roux is a native of France, and a graduate of the University of Strasbourg. In 1964 he emigrated to the United States where he managed and owned renowned clubs and restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1970 Mr. Roux became the first salesman of Carillon Importers, Ltd. and in 1981 he was appointed president and CEO of the company. His contribution to the development of many European products such as Absolut Vodka, Grand Marnier, Bombay Gin, Stolichnaya Vodka and French Wines are legendary. Through his supervision, the company earned profits exceeding $ 250 million annually. He initiated contributions to many charitable organizations, commissioned fine art and sponsored the performance of cultural and artistic groups in the United States.
Mr. Roux founded the Grand Marnier Foundation in 1984, and serves as Trustee and Chairman Of that Foundation. Much of the focus of Mr. Roux’s philanthropy has centered around helping children. The Grand Marnier Foundation itself helps young American Indian children of 17 Pueblo communities. He is also substantially involved with Child-Help, an organization which helps abused children, and Sky Ranch for Boys, a place where teenagers in trouble with the law are being educated to enter society.
Mr. Roux has been recognized by many organizations for his devotion and leadership. Upon him, the French Government has bestowed Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole, Member of the National Committee of Foreign Trade Consulars of France, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite, Officer de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole, Chevalier de Ia Legion d’ Honneur, Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques. The B’nai B’rith honored him with the Man of the Year Award in 1986, and the United Jewish Appeal honored him in 1987 with the Man of the Year Award. He was also honored in 1989 by the Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse as Man of the Year. In 1991, he received a Degree of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Brandeis University; the Renaissance Man of the Year Award by the New York Academy of Art and Sweden’s highest honor -Commander of The Order of the North Polar Star, presented by the King of Sweden. Mr. Roux serves on the Board of Directors for French-American Chamber of Commerce of New York; the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of New York; the New York Academy of Arts; D.I.S.C.U.S. of Washington, DC; Sky Ranch for Boys, South Dakota; Bergen County 200 Club of New Jersey; City Meals-on-Wheels of New York and The American Institute of Wine and Food.