A young Frenchwoman named Louise Pommery was left a widow when her husband Alexandre died. Like Madam Clicquot, Veuve Pommery decided to become an entrepreneur and support herself. She was also very successful, and we have her to thank for inventing “brut” or dry Champagne. Even today, the world’s first and second biggest Champagne makers are LMVH (the owner of Veuve Clicquot) and Vranken-Pommery.
There are between 44 and 57 million bubbles in the average 750 ml bottle of champagne. That’s a lot of bubbles! It’s inspiring to know that this pressurized, effervescent drink, which is nearly as fun to pop as it is to sip–is the product of entrepreneurial women who found themselves in hard situations and dug themselves out—while creating jobs and a terrific product—on their own.
Obama would surely say these women did not achieve their feats on their own—but we know the truth and tomorrow night we’ll proudly toast to freedom, lower taxes and pro-business regulations that will allow many more young men and women to become prosperous entrepreneurs.
Champagne widows turned their personal losses and challenging climate into one of the world’s biggest business success stories. In our own tough economic climate, these stories offer hope that we too can overcome our hardships and achieve financial independence if we work hard and think resourcefully.
Cheers! To free enterprise, which creates careers and empowers pioneers!